The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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Impressive: a disturbing and darkly funny portrait of a complex, frightening individual.
A somewhat grotesquely comic, very entertaining portrait of a man known to many as 'the Merchant of Death.'
The Notorious Mr. Bout becomes more 60 Minutes exposé than cinematic must-see.
A fascinating insight into the corruption of free-market capitalism, and what happens when anything goes and borders become irrelevant.
Gerber and Pozdorovkin introduce a garrulous, intelligent man who had transported arms for years and was eventually undone by a post-9/11 crackdown.
As the documentary makes clear, those accusing him of misdeeds don't exactly have clean hands themselves.
As ever, this documentary demonstrates that true-life stories are often simultaneously more quotidian and bizarre than their Hollywood versions.
Overambitious politically but on the money character-wise.
Just as brazen and just as aware of his own theatricality as Nicolas Cage in The Lord Of War (a character based on Bout himself), the arms dealer is one of the year's most strangely compelling antiheroes.
A darkly comic and illuminating portrait of moral bankruptcy emerges.
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