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‘Big Kill’ – All Western Cliches, No Cattle
12 months ago

‘Big Kill’ – All Western Cliches, No Cattle

By  •  Reviews, Movies

I want to go easy on writer/director Scott Martin’s “Big Kill.”

It’s an earnest western that is clearly in love with the genre and its cinematic lineage. Unfortunately, evoking the …
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Adkins’ ‘Stagecoach’ For Western Fanatics Only
3 years ago

Adkins’ ‘Stagecoach’ For Western Fanatics Only

Many may not know it, but country music star Trace Adkins has been making a name for himself in the direct-to-video western market.

Yes, there is such a thing.

With …
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Why the Big Budget Movie Western Is Dead
3 years ago

Why the Big Budget Movie Western Is Dead

Academy-Award winner Denzel Washington led the ensemble piece, and Antoine Fuqua (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Equalizer”) called the shots behind the camera.

The film hasn’t scratched $100 million at the …
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‘Magnificent?’ Western Remake Is Mediocre at Best
3 years ago

‘Magnificent?’ Western Remake Is Mediocre at Best

Denzel Washington doesn’t so much as cross a toe over said line in “The Magnificent Seven.” Co-star Chris Pratt? Let’s just say he leaps over it like Nia Ali.

It’s one of …
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‘Jane’s’ ‘Gun’ Hits Feminist Target
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3 years ago

‘Jane’s’ ‘Gun’ Hits Feminist Target

Our heroine is brave and blunt, but she’s still a product of her era. That means she can’t fully declare her independence, 21st century style.

You don’t mess with her all …
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‘Killed’ Pens Bloody Love Letter to Westerns
4 years ago

‘Killed’ Pens Bloody Love Letter to Westerns

Torch carriers like Quentin Tarantino find themselves beating the drum for a genre that gave us silent heroes, open American plains and the bloody consequences of six shooters and man’s …
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‘Forsaken’ Squanders Dueling Sutherlands
4 years ago

‘Forsaken’ Squanders Dueling Sutherlands

By  •  Reviews, Movies

John Henry Clayton reconnects with his father, a disapproving reverend played by Kiefer’s real-life father, the great Donald Sutherland. The young Clayton is trying to turn his back on his …
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‘Diablo’ Can’t Escape That Eastwood Shadow
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4 years ago

‘Diablo’ Can’t Escape That Eastwood Shadow

Clint Eastwood’s oaters are the stuff of film legend. Son Scott Eastwood? His canon needs some seasoning.

The younger Eastwood stars in “Diablo,” another meditation on violence soaked in blood …
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