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Westworld: Season 1, Episode 1 - “The Original”

Ethical conflicts between creator and created are just one aspect of Westworld's brilliant and epically ambitious first episode.

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Necessary Failure in Marlon Brando’s ‘One-Eyed Jacks’

In Marlon Brando's world, there is no self, just inept flailing gestures pointing to the void. See One-Eyed Jacks at Film Forum this week.

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I’m Going to Kill You: ‘Johnny Guitar’ Gets the Class Treatment

One tends to watch this film open-mouthed in wonder at the forceful dialogue, the colorful imagery, and the sheer emotional punch of its women.

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Saddle Up for a Bloody Good Ride With ‘The Magnificent Seven’

Antoine Fugua’s re-imagining of the Western classic is a glorious orgy of machismo and mayhem.

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Mollner’s ‘Outlaws and Angels’ Trying Western Isn’t for the Weak of Heart

Mollner lays out this harsh story and rubs our faces in it. It's raw and hurtful and the sting remains even after the last frame has faded from our retinas.

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9 Jun 2016 // 11:00 AM

‘Traded’: Kris Kristofferson in the Sunset

The highlight of this movie is Kris Kristofferson as Billy, who provides gun power and a horse at key moments, as well as some philosophizing about violence.

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Asquith’s 1928 ‘Shooting Stars’ Is ‘The Player’ of Its Day

Half-affectionate and half-critical, Shooting Stars mines both comedy and drama from the workings of the studio and the machinations of movie-making at this time.

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The American Story in 6.5 Hours: Criterion Restores Jan Troell’s Emigration Epic

Jan Troell's masterful double header looks like two films and plays like one as it takes the Nilsson family from 19th century Sweden to life in the new world.

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11 Feb 2016 // 1:00 PM

Double Take: ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ (1969)

The two Steves at Double Take are often mistaken for Paul Newman and Robert Redford; so it's appropriate that they shoot it out over Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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Tarantino, Talk, and Bloody Mayhem in ‘The Hateful Eight’

Quentin Tarantino’s hybrid Western-mystery flick builds to multiple crescendos of greed, betrayal, and violence.

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‘The Revenant’ Finds Beauty in the Brutality of Survival

With The Revenant, Alejandro González Iñárritu weaves a story both simple and complex, brutal and beautiful, and with a focused and impressive visual aesthetic.

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The Characters in ‘The Salvation’ Are Easy to Care About but Terrifying to Watch

Mixing the classic themes of the American western with splashes of modernity makes for a attention-grabbing tale of salvation.

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‘The Hired Gun’ Is a Disposable B-Western Shot in Cinemascope

Although The Hired Gun may be of interest for those who like its lead actors, on its own terms it's a forgettable B-picture.

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‘Wanted’ Is a Spaghetti Western That Will Leave You Wanting

The charisma of Giuliano Gemma and some stellar action sequences can't save this sub-par spaghetti western.

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Let the Face Speak for Itself: Hard Features in ‘The White Buffalo’

The mortal authenticity of Charles Bronson’s face needed no surgical denials or plastic justifications, unlike the onscreen stars of today's image-obsessed culture.

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Jeremiah Jae and L’Orange: The Night Took Us in Like Family

Rapper Jeremiah Jae and producer L’Orange’s cinematic The Night Took Us in Like Family brings to life the hip-hop Western.

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Jeffery Hunter Starred in ‘Find a Place to Die’ Just a Year Before His Tragic Death

This late '60s flick is the curtain call for the Searchers actor Jeffrey Hunter.

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Emil Friis - ‘Sand in Your Eyes’ (album stream) (Premiere)

Sand In Your Eyes is an evocative example of how, given a distinct mood, an album can become a film in one's mind.

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30 Mar 2015 // 9:47 AM

Double Take: The Searchers (1956)

Double Take heads out West and into the disfigured psyche of Ethan Edwards. Do we figure him out completely? That'll be the day. But we went out looking hard for him anyway.

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‘Stranger at My Door’ Is a Western That Doesn’t Settle for the Obvious

This isn't some towering milestone of the genre, but it's something harder to pull off: a quietly intelligent, handsomely made, satisfying B-western.

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Indie Horror Month 2016: Executing 'The Deed'

// Moving Pixels

"It's just so easy to kill someone in a video game that it's surprising when a game makes murder difficult.

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