Some movies leave you desperately checking your watch to see when the show will finally be over. Some movies merely hold your interest, not really leaving much of an impression, but a Quentin Tarantino film, unless you're faint of heart or disdain his comic weirdness, will leave you mesmerized and hypnotized. Tarantino's latest offering, The Hateful Eight is three hours of cinematic ecstasy that fans can enjoy again and again.

Tarantino has restored respect for the cinema. As he recently said in a director's round table with The Hollywood Reporter, movies today don't give moviegoers a compelling reason to leave their homes and watch films on the big screen. Tarantino says he'll wait for most films he wants to see to show up on cable. As forThe Hateful Eight(shot using the Ultra Panavision 70 format that gives the human eye one of the widest on-screen perspectives possible), delivers an unforgettable cinematic experience.

The films Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and The Battle of the Bulge were shot this way as well.

Tarantino calls The Hateful Eight a study in paranoia because none of the characters -- who are trapped in a snow-bound cabin in the mountains of Wyoming -- can trust one another. Tarantino said there are many films evoked in The Hateful Eight, including Murder on the Orient Express, The Thing and his own Reservoir Dogs.

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If you want just a taste of what you're in store for when you go to the theater, watch the excellent trailer here:

Star Kurt Russell (John "The Hangman" Ruth) is on a roll, having recently starred in another western, Bone Tomahawk. There's even talk of Russell joining the Marvel Universe on screen.

The film is dominated by the always-superb Samuel L. Jackson (Maj. Marquis Warren) who is part bounty hunter, part sleuth in the film.

Also unforgettable is would-be sheriff Chris Mannix, a true-to-the-game ex-Confederate guerrilla, played by the ubiquitous Walton Goggins (Justified). Goggins plays Mannix with panache, at one point showing his disdain for the post-Civil War Union by spitting out a rebuke---more like an epithet---that Ruth and Maj. Marquis have been spending "too much time in Washington, D.C."

Once you're finished watching this film, do yourself a favor and go out and buy the soundtrack, featuring legendary composer Ennio Morricone's (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly), mystifying score.

The Hateful Eight is a must-see. This near masterpiece of a film has been nominated for Best Original Score, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Cinematography.

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