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Created Dec 25, 2010 12:34AM PST • Updated Dec 28, 2010 11:34PM PST

The Duke vs. The Dude.

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1st True Grit
2010 Great 100 Points
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Darker and more realistic than the 1969 original featuring John Wayne, this 21st Century retelling of a classic Wild West retribution story succeeds in almost every respect — often funny, richly evocative, shockingly brutal, cleverly revisionist. That last comes from the clear hero – a 14 year old girl, not the flawed men she uses to bring her father’s murderer to justice.

The Coen Brothers love this sort of unconventional storytelling, especially when they can marry it to rich visuals and vivid characters.

Jeff Bridges, in yet another late-career masterclass performance,1 and y…

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Added Dec 25, 2010 12:36AM PST • Updated Jan 09, 2011 02:39AM PST
2nd True Grit
1969 Very Good 66 Points
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Star power in service to a (then) unconventional story makes for a very good movie. A grizzled John Wayne, shiny Glen Campbell and sharp Robert Duvall provide the star power, while a young girl hiring a de facto bounty hunter to track down her father’s killer provides the novel story.

Rescreening the original seems wise now that we’re two months out from the Coen Brothers remake. The new one stars Jeff Bridges in John Wayne’s role, Matt Damon in Glen Campbell’s and Barry Pepper in Robert Duvall’s. So the Brothers Coen have their …

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Added Dec 25, 2010 12:34AM PST • Updated Dec 25, 2010 12:36AM PST

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