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INTO THE WEST

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Into the West

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
performer:
Gabriel Byrne, Ruaidhri Conroy, Ciaran Fitzgerald, Ellen Barkin
director:
Mike Newell
distributor:
Miramax
author:
Jim Sheridan
genre:
ActionAdventure, Kids and Family

We gave it a B

Writer Jim Sheridan (”My Left Foot”) and director Mike Newell (”Enchanted April”) have grafted together two wildly disparate genres — animal-oriented family flick and life-is-a-cesspool urban realism — into a disarming fable. Ciaran Fitzgerald, 10, is a find as a runty urchin lifted with his brother out of the Dublin slums and into the Irish countryside by a white horse named Tir na nOg. Gabriel Byrne broods nicely as his Papa, a dissipated Irish rover who finds a second wind while chasing his sons. With moments sad, funny, and mysterious, ”West” will make parents feel young again and, more impressively, make kids feel grown-up.