Wind River ★★★½

“You’d think folks would realize this is sheep country,” a man chortles in the opening scenes of “Wind River,” minutes after an introductory scene in which a local man named Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) obliterates a pack of wolves with his sniper rifle. It’s a long while before the implication of this throwaway line becomes clear, although anyone who’s seen Taylor Sheridan’s tersely didactic “Hell or High Water” should already know that the emerging scribe — here directing one of his own scripts for the first time — doesn’t really do throwaway lines.

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