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True Grit & Pale Rider 

When: Fri., Aug. 18, 7 p.m. 2017
Price: $9

This screening of 1969's True Grit was scheduled before the passing of Glen Campbell, who costars and sings the Oscar-nominated title song, so it's just a regrettably fortunate coincidence that one of his few acting roles gets a turn on the big screen this week. The "Wichita Lineman" singer does a decent job in a role originally intended for Elvis in this adaptation of Charles Portis's novel, which won John Wayne his only Oscar for his portrayal of one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, an over-the-hill U.S. Marshall hired by a young woman (Kim Darby, in a role almost played by everyone from Mia Farrow and Sally Field to Karen Carpenter) to help bring in the outlaw who killed her father. The Coen Brothers' 2010 adaptation does a better job of capturing the book's dark, deadpan humor, but there's plenty of fun to be had here, particularly the classic scene where Wayne blasts away with a gun in each hand while on horseback, the reins in his teeth. This double feature also includes another elegiac Western, Clint Eastwood's 1985 vehicle, Pale Rider. As a mysterious stranger helps out oppressed miners, the film borrows a good deal from Shane, not to mention Eastwood's own High Plains Drifter. But it's retained a solid reputation over the decades, and has a little poignancy as Eastwood's next-to-last Western before Unforgiven. —Zack Smith

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