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Westward Ho! Westerns Hitting Screens from Tarantino, Inarritu and More

Westward Ho! Westerns Hitting Screens from Tarantino, Inarritu and More

 Word is that the actor who pops out of the western ensemble of Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” is Walton Goggins, the star of the late departed series “Justified,” who also had a small role in “Django Unchained.” Goggins is a tough wily actor who commands attention, and I can’t wait to see what he does in Tarantino’s western bloodbath.

“The Hateful Eight” opens Christmas day against another mighty (and expensive) western, Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu’s $135-million “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a man left for dead in the wilderness who crawls back for his revenge. Shot by two-time Oscar-winner Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki (“Birdman,” ‘Gravity”), who also shoots Terrence Malick’s movies, this western may prove more torturous to watch and admire than entertaining—we shall soon see.

These westerns will do battle for audiences who may or may not have an appetite for frontier sagas. John McLean’s “Slow West,” starring Michael Fassbender, was a slow-burn art western, beautiful but flat, not unlike Justin Kurzel’s exterior bloody western take on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” also starring Fassbender, which is just as unlikely to engage a wide audience. 

Next up for Goggins is another western, “Diablo,” co-starring Scott Eastwood, a chip off the old western star block. This sophomore directing effort by Lawrence Roeck (who worked on a documentary about Clint Eastwood), who co-wrote the screenplay with Carlos de los Rios, also stars Danny Glover, Camilla Belle, Adam Beach and Joaquim de Almeida.

The psychological romantic actioner world premiered in October at the 2015 San Diego Film Festival where it won the jury award for Best Feature Film. “Diablo” was produced by Roeck, Rios, and Shana D. Wilson, who also served as the executive producer.
Eastwood plays Jackson, a Civil War veteran whose wife (Camilla Belle) is kidnapped by bandits. Needless to say he will do just about anything to get her back. 

Entertainment One’s Momentum Pictures and MGM’s new distribution arm Orion Releasing will open the movie day and date in theaters and VOD on January 8, 2016.


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