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One of the most vexingly aggravating movies of the 2000s was The Life of David Gale, a thriller starring Kate Winslet and Kevin Spacey. For the first 80 per cent of the movie, it was an impressively sleek mystery. In the denouement, however, a turn in the plot occurred that was so unsatisfying and insulting, it negated most of the rest of the movie’s quality. The same can be said about Gone Girl.
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Western comedies have a spotty track record. It’s always tricky blending two movie genres, but Westerns and comedies in particular generally don’t work well together. Blazing Saddles, City Slickers, and Back to the Future, Part III may have pulled it off, but more often than not, the end result is more Wagons East! than Three Amigos!. A Million Ways to Die in the West unleashes a barrage of shots at its tricky target; the ones that hit the mark are brilliant in their comedy, but the ones that miss fall painfully flat.