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McLintock (1963) – Review

G.W McLintock (John Wayne) is a wealthy rancher and well respected member of his community, that uses his power and influence in the territory he lives to keep the peace between many different parties, including farmers, ranchers, corrupt government officials and Indians. He must continue to do this while anxiously waiting for the return of his daughter, Rebecca (Stefanie Powers), while also trying to keep tensions calm with his wife, Katherine (Maureen O’Hara). Not the most action packed and suspenseful western of this era but certainly worth a watch.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Rio Bravo (1959) – Review

After witnessing a murder and consequently arresting Joe Burdette (Claude Akins) for his actions, Sheriff John T. Chance (John Wayne) must enlist the assistance of three men to combat any incoming threat they may face when trying to prevent him from being freed. The Sheriff must do this while also juggling a blossoming romance with a passing gambler that goes by the name of Feathers (Angie Dickinson). A really impressive and well-made western movie that should be regarded as a must watch for any fan of the genre.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Searchers (1956) – Review

After three long years, Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) returns home a veteran of the American Civil War, only to embark on a multiple year quest of revenge and retribution in hopes of finding his abducted nine-year old niece. Who’s responsible? Chief Scar (Henry Brandon) and his fellow Comanche, who have been seeking their own revenge for the murder of their people. A superb throwback to 1956 with this classic western movie with one or two comedic moments thrown in there too.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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The Killer Inside Me (2010) – Review

After becoming besotted with a prostitute living in a rural area of the county, a West Texas Deputy Sheriff named Lou Ford (Casey Affleck), is slowly unmasked as a psychotic and extremely dangerous killer in the mid 1950’s. Keen on plotting revenge for the death of his much loved step-brother, he uses the people around him to ultimately murder the son of Chester Conway (Ned Beatty), the town’s wealthy and well-known king of construction. A fascinating and thought-provoking murder mystery film that is certainly worth a watch.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Arkansas (2020) – Review

Living under the strict orders of an Arkansas drug kingpin named Frog (Vince Vaughn), both Kyle (Liam Hemsworth) and Swin (Clark Duke), form an unlikely bond before getting involved in a deal that goes dreadfully wrong. The duo must then do their best to keep the situation under control, but unfortunately the chaos begins to snowball, leading to more deadly consequences. A surprisingly exciting thriller that has just started streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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His House (2020) – Review

A married couple from war-torn South Sudan, Bol Majur (Sope Dirisu) and Rial Majur (Wunmi Mosaku), manage to escape the dangerous life they once led, only to find themselves struggling to adapt to their new beginning in England. When the pair gain access to their new accommodation, there seems to be some evil lurking beneath the surface that rears its ugly head and begins to taunt the two refugees. A new horror based drama that has just been added to Netflix.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Operation Christmas Drop (2020) – Review

Based on the beachside of an American Air Force base in Guam, Congressional aide Erica (Kat Graham) is tasked with unearthing reasons as to why the facility should be defunded and closed. Captain Andrew Jantz (Alexander Ludwig) is assigned to show the aide around, but it’s quickly apparent that the pair begin to clash after the real reasons for the visit start to shine through. A new romcom with a Christmas based feel released by Netflix that isn’t the worst way to spend an evening, but it’s probably not the best either.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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A Fistful of Dollars (1964) – Review

A mysterious man, known only by the name Joe (Clint Eastwood), rides into a hostile town, divided by a violent and bloody war between two families – the Baxters and the Rojos. Despite being warned that most that enter the town either flee or die, Joe decides to stay and work out a way in which he can play the two feuding families against each other, for his own personal and financial gain. A classic flick that goes down as one of the finest Westerns to hit American screens.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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