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Duel in the Sun (1946)

Let me tell you about a funny little movie. In 1946, producer David O. Selznick had the on-paper great idea to make a quasi-sequel to his big hit Gone with the Wind, another sprawling Western with intrigue, love, and gorgeous … Continue reading

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651 – Cowboys and Aliens (**)

Cowboys and Aliens was made for one reason – graphic novels have built-in fan bases. It’s an unfortunate mishmash of sci-fi and western, rather than a cohesive mashup of same, that’s just riddled with cliched writing and acting. You won’t … Continue reading

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631 – Rango (***1/2)

Rango is more than just a pleasant, well-conceived kids’ film. I’m not even sure kids are the target audience. There really aren’t any adorable animals afoot, although there is an obvious Bad Guy and a whimsical Good Guy. But there’s … Continue reading

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559 – True Grit (****)

The Coen Brothers’ spectactular True Grit, a remake that surpasses the John Wayne original, is certainly one of the best movies of 2010 and is worthy of Oscar consideration. The cast is flawless, the vistas are starkly realized, and the … Continue reading

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372 – The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Although as long as its title is unwieldy, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is (apparently) true to life and is the beneficiary of a smart, uncharacteristically supporting performance by Brad Pitt as the folk-hero villain … Continue reading

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