30Dec5:01 pmEST

Sunday Matinée at Market Chess Cinemas

Easily one of the best films of 2018, The Mule is another example of how Clint Eastwood has developed as an auteur (here, starring in the lead, directing, and producing the film). His film-making style is deep yet simple, stylish yet minimal, and he manages to pull you in for another exhilarating ride like he has on several occasions since Unforgiven (1992) signaled the next stage in his legendary career. 

In this day and age of regurgitated franchises, comic book adaptations basically catering to children (or those with the emotional maturity of a child), I strongly suggest actually going out and seeing this film in a theater, which is something I unfortunately am unable to do for many other films not worth the time, energy, money, and effort. 

The screenplay, by Nick Schenk, is based on The New York Times article "The Sinaloa Cartel's 90-Year-Old Drug Mule" by Sam Dolnick, which recounts the true story of Leo Sharp, a World War II veteran in his 80s who became a drug courier for the Sinaloa Cartel. Thus, Eastwood's character is closed modeled after Sharp, as is Bradley Cooper as Colin Bates, a DEA Agent based on Jeff Moore in real-life.

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