The Lone Ranger

It’s abundantly clear that Disney was hoping for another Pirates of the Caribbean-type success with The Lone Ranger. So much so that they reportedly pumped $215 million (excluding marketing) into a western, something that hasn’t had mega-success with the general cinema-going public for years now.
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Django Unchained

Unsurprisingly, the film is also way too long, with a runtime of 165 minutes. This may be par for the course with Tarantino, but in this case, I could actually pinpoint the section that could have been excised in order to bring the film down to a reasonable length.
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Gran Torino

Gran Torino gets props for having an elderly man as its main character, something we rarely see in mainstream released flicks, but overall it’s a mess. There are good moments, and there are some decent laughs to be had (some more intentional than others). If this is indeed Eastwood’s final performance, it’s a pity.
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Pretentious and overbearing, this extraordinarily expensive piece of fluff will undoubtedly warm the cockles of overseas audiences, but one wonders whether the millions spent on marketing will bear fruit. Either way, it seems unlikely Australia will be remembered as much more than feel-good schmaltz.
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No Country for Old Men

His introductory scenes show him to possess a code of sorts, unfamiliar to any rational audience member, that allows him to kill without remorse and even occasionally to let luck decide who lives or dies. He is chilling and evil, and entirely believable thanks to Bardem’s wonderful turn.
Rating: 4.5 starsHoopla Factor: 4.0 stars

Like most of the Coens' work, there are brilliant moments of black humour, though, like Chigurh, these could become harrowingly violent at any moment. It's hard to get too relaxed watching No Country for Old Men.
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