OLD HENRY – Review by Martha K Baker

Every Western since the last Roy Rogers and Dale Evans production has been declared a rewrite on the genre. Old Henry would fit that declaration as it is not like the ones made in the Fifties or the ones made for television in the Sixties. It is like the ones made with buckets of blood and gallons of gore, but Old Henry adds secrecy.

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MONSTER – Review by Martha K Baker

Monster is a remarkable film about a filmmaker, Steve Harmon. He is 17 and Black. He is bright, inquisitive, a good son to good parents. He is a model big brother. But the prosecutor at his trial labels Steve Harmon a monster. The voice of this so-called monster denies the label.

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THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS- Review by Susan Granger

If you threw a lasso at six 19th century Western mini-sketches and tied them together, like an old, clothbound anthology, they’d resemble Ethan and Joel Coen’s latest cinematic diversion. Superbly photographed in Colorado, New Mexico and Nebraska by Bruno Delbonnel, Carter Burwell’s beautiful score ties everything together.

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