‘The Power of the Dog’ review: The wait is over — Jane Campion’s Western thriller arrives

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The Seattle Times

It’s been a long wait for a new Jane Campion film — her transcendent love story “Bright Star,” about the poet John Keats, came out in 2009 — but sometimes waiting makes a gift feel even more special. Nobody makes period films quite like Campion, a master of atmosphere and nuance, and “The Power of the Dog,” set in 1925 Montana, shimmers with anticipation in every frame. You have no idea where this story is going, but you’ll follow Campion’s vision anywhere. Based on a 1967 novel by Thomas Savage (it’s been tossed around Hollywood for a while; at one point, Paul Newman optioned it), “The Power …

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