Director: Andrew Dominik; Release date: out now
Modern westerns tend to understand the US through the stories it tells itself about its past. It is fitting then that this film about legends, based on Ron Hansen's novel, is destined a place alongside the masterpieces of the genre and well beyond.
Anyone who doesn't already know the story will after they've read the title. The real action lies not in gun fights and hold-ups, but in the disruptive effect of Jesse James's awesome enigma in the last six months of his life.