By Owen Gleiberman
December 10, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST
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In 1969, True Grit was the last supersquare Old Western hit. My colleague Lisa may not be a fan, but to me the film’s ride-the-high-country fun remains sturdy and true. Kim Darby, as that perky apostle of teen vengeance Mattie Ross, could be the progenitor of both Paper Moon and Miley Cyrus, and John Wayne truly earned that Oscar. As Rooster Cogburn, he’s a magnificent crank, a broken-down cowboy-knight whose one-eyed squint is a wink of valor.

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