With True Grit as the newest ranger in town and with Rango and Cowboys and Aliens already putting on their gun belts, perhaps it is time to look back on what the last three decades had to offer for the American western genre. Admittedly, there is not much to look back on, even though they did come up with some great films and a few box office hits. But what comes to eye, maybe, is that not much really comes to eye. The genre stays a bit dusty, even with high quality standards.

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