In this spooky season, innumerable movies can deliver your fix of torture-dealing maniacs and irritable ghosts, but it takes a special picture to make FFA cattle auctions seem endlessly ominous. I've already praised Winter's Bone for its portrait of the meth-scarred Ozarks, but I haven't emphasized how wonderfully nerve-jarring the film is. Heroine Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) admits to her tweaker uncle Teardrop (John Hawkes) that she's always been scared of him. "That's because you're smart," he says. Be like Ree: Make Winter's Bone your Halloween choice. Academy, Laurelhurst.

  • Best paired with: Anthem Pear Cider.
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