(Michael Crichton, USA, 1973): As campy and dated as any movie about killer computer technology is destined to play, you've got to give Michael Crichton's Westworld the credit it deserves as a high-concept B-movie that kicked some fairly serious ass back in '73. A kind of...

(Sam Peckinpah, USA, 1969): Just what does happen when killers to go to Mexico, anyway? Well, since Vera Cruz at least, they've become involved in the Mexican revolution and burnished their blackened souls in an explosion of guts and glory. It's what happened in The Magnificent...

(Anthony Mann, USA, 1950): James Stewart arrives angry in his first collaboration with the fresh-from-noir Anthony Mann, and he'd stay that way -- indelibly so -- for the next three westerns he and the director would make together: Bend of the River, The Far Country...

(John Ford, USA, 1950):  Legend has it John Ford cottoned to stunt-rider Ben Johnson's star potential when the young Oklahoman stopped a runaway wagon from hitting a wall during the filming of Fort Apache. He signed the genial, soft-spoken kid to a seven-picture contract, and...

(Lambert Hillyer, USA, 1919): The Lambert Hillyer/William S. Hart alliance is in peak form here, with the star first appearing out of the wilderness in full plainsman/Leatherstocking/buckskin regalia. He's gone to meet his brother travelling by riverboat, only to learn the young man has been...

(Lawrence Kasdan, USA, 1994): What took me eighteen years to watch this one? The subject was a slamdunk, the genre a no-brainer, My Darling Clementine an especially loved precursor and yet I balked. Largely negative reviews might have had something to do with it, but I...

(Budd Boetticher, USA, 1958): The most minor of the Scott/Boetticher westerns is still a blast to watch, but it remains the only one that strains from its budgetary restrictions and begs for meaner and leaner circumstances. First problem is that Scott's not a brooding loner...