The Ballad of Buster Scruggs ★★★★½

A remarkable anthology about the randomness of life and death framed through the lens of the Old West and Hollywood Westerns, "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" is as episodic as "Inside Llewyn Davis," looks like a million bucks, and includes some true star-making turns from previously anonymous actors (shoutout to Bill Heck, who teams with Zoe Kazan for a real heart-breaking romance and should immediately star in the future "Lost" reboot as Sawyer). This is a really great film, where even the "weak" sections include some thoughtful ruminations or surprising performances (Liam Neeson, where have you been hiding this?). Loved it.