Magazine October 18, 2021, Issue

Clint Eastwood in Cry Macho

Clint Eastwood in Cry Macho (2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

The existence of Cry Macho, a shaggy-dog-story movie about a retired cowboy trying to shepherd a Mexican teenager across the border to his American father, makes no sense except in the context of one of the most famous careers in American movies. Taken on its own the film is like a tumbleweed — dry and thin and slight, kicked around by the lightest of breezes. The script is either crudely expository or painfully inert, the star is 30 years too old for the part, there are a few nice shots but mostly the visuals are just scenes of dust and

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