FILM REVIEW: True Grit
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With this remake of the 1969 John Wayne classic, the Coen brothers pay loving homage to the old-school American western while tinting it with darker shades. The title refers to Reuben ‘Rooster’ Cogburn, a boozy, gruff and trigger happy US marshal played with relish by a swaggering Jeff Bridges. He is hired by spunky 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) to hunt down her father’s killer Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), who has fled to the lawless Indian Territory and joined a gang of outlaws. They are soon joined in their pursuit by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon), who is after Chaney for another crime, and the three join forces to catch their man.
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