GOD’S COUNTRY (2022): Julian Higgins’s Tale of Black Professor, Played by Thandiwe Newton (Sundance 2022 Best)

Based on James Lee Burke’s short story, Julian Higgins’ film follows a grieving Black university professor (Thandiwe Newton) in her escalating feud with two trespassing white hunters.

Despite some clumsily expository moments, this is a tense, often exhilarating slow-burn drama.