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'Mojave' finds Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac in a mix of thriller, western and noir

'Mojave' finds Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac in a mix of thriller, western and noir

Prickly, suspenseful, even coolly humorous, "Mojave" finds noirish fun in the existential woes of a successful artist and old-fashioned movie pleasure in the parry and thrust of sharp dialogue.

Garrett Hedlund stars as Tom, a sleepy-eyed, brooding moviemaker — famous since he was 19, now divorced and restless — who escapes his L.A. life for the titular desert and some pointedly macho, deliberately unpampered me time (crashing his Jeep, drinking, yelling at unseen coyotes). There he meets Jack (Oscar Isaac), a scruffy, rifle-wielding stranger in a duster whose menacing, literature-allusive campfire spiel ("I'm into motiveless malignity, I'm a Shakespeare...

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