The Power of the Dog (2021) Jane Campion’s Western psychological drama based on Thomas Savage's 1967 novel stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love. The critically acclaimed, but intense, film covers themes such as love, grief, resentment, jealousy, social awkwardness, masculinity and closeted sexuality. The New Zealand born director, Campion would picked up an Oscar for Best Director (the third woman in Academy history). Rated R: 2 hours, 6 minutes.