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Demian Bichir

'Hateful Eight' amounts to hot air

'Hateful Eight' amounts to hot air

"The Hateful Eight" is an ultrawide bore. If you have the option, and you're committed to seeing the thing, you should see Quentin Tarantino's latest in one of its 100 or so limited-release "roadshow" screenings, projected on film, complete with overture (a lovely, eerie one from the great composer Ennio Morricone) and running three hours and eight minutes in all. After that, it'll be the conventional digital projection editions at the multiplexes, running 20 minutes shorter.

Writer-director Tarantino has described his post-Civil War picture, set largely in a Wyoming roadhouse with a blizzard raging outside, as an Agatha Christie western. It's not so much a...

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