Scott Marks 12:30 p.m., July 26
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Rather tardy anti-Western (at least a couple of decades out of style), with a decidedly unheroic Jesse James, brutal, bullying, backshooting, paranoid, and suicidal, and a slightly more sympathetic Bob Ford, conflicted in his feelings toward the legendary outlaw, idolizing yet inferior, intimidated, frightened, resentful, envious. There are some gripping scenes and some amusing moments, but on the whole (a two-hour-and-forty-minute whole), it is diffuse, rambling, short on action, almost aggressively dull. With Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, Sam Shepard, and Mary-Louise Parker; written and directed by Andrew Dominik. 2007.