Photos: The best country-themed movies
From 'Tender Mercies' to 'Nashville,' Times pop music critic Ann Powers and film critic Betsy Sharkey reveal their favorite twanging tales of hard luck, heartbreak and redemption.
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'Crazy Heart,' 2009, directed by Scott Cooper.( Lorey Sebastian / Fox Searchlight Pictures )
Loved Jeff Bridges as Bad Blake, about as good as broken down and busted gets. And anything that shines a light on Ryan Bingham's edgy country sound, I'm all for. But the story felt stale, and having Duvall in the picture only reminded me how much more I liked "Tender Mercies." 21/2 guitars
-- Betsy Sharkey