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  • Man of the West

    This late CinemaScope western (1958) by the great Anthony Mann achieves a tragic intensity and a monumental scenic splendor despite some serious handicaps: a stagy villain (Lee J. Cobb), an awkward lead actress (Julie London), and a screenwriter accustomed to working with confined spaces (TV dramatist Reginald Rose), none of whom complement the film's quintessentially cinematic hero (Gary Cooper in one of his last and best performances). more...
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  • Meek's Cutoff (PG)

    Imagine a collaboration between John Ford and Wallace Stevens and you might get a sense of what Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy) pulls off here: a sincere re-creation of the pioneer experience, brought to life through careful, often unexpected detail. more...
  • Rio Grande (NR)

    The final film of John Ford's cavalry trilogy (1950), dealing with an army colonel and his estranged wife (John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara) brought together during the Apache wars near the Mexican border. more...
  • River of No Return

    Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum search for her missing husband in this excellent 1954 western by Otto Preminger, one of the first films to discover the potential of CinemaScope and a fine example of Preminger's rational approach to the mysteries of personal morality. more...
  • Sabata (PG-13)

    Lee Van Cleef stars in this lively 1969 spaghetti western as the title character, a black-clad crusader for justice, loosely defined. more...
  • The Salvation
  • The Salvation

    The decline of the Hollywood western runs parallel to the dwindling of Americans' faith in their own country; filmmakers overseas don't have to carry all that baggage, which might explain why the last great western, The Proposition (2005), was made in Australia. more...
  • Stagecoach

    It's fashionable to put down John Ford's 1939 classic; certainly it's the weakest of Ford's major westerns, burdened with a schematic and pretentious Dudley Nichols script (the "cross section of society" on board the stagecoach), but its virtues remain intact. more...