‘3:10 TO YUMA'

James Mangold has remade the 1957 semiclassic Western, 3:10 to Yuma, in the same way that Martin Scorsese remade Cape Fear. In both cases, a story told in a modest, taut black-and-white movie has been reupholstered in color and packed with thunderous special effects, hammy acting, pretentious psychology, and doses of hyperviolence entirely unjustified by the needs of the story.

The basic situation and even some of the dialogue of...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.