Braven (2018, dir. Lin Oeding)

A logger is caught up in a siege against drug-dealers. Somewhat contrived in its set-up, this is nevertheless a decent-enough wintry contemporary western, which sensibly focuses on snowy shootout action.

Winchester ’73 (1950, dir. Anthony Mann)

A cowboy relentlessly pursues an outlaw, and the prized rifle stolen from him. The first Mann/Stewart western is a splendid thing, creating a new rugged persona for Stewart and delivering in all manner of genre pleasures. Highly recommended.

In a Valley of Violence (2016, dir. Ti West)

A US Civil War veteran swears revenge on the men who killed his dog. Lean spaghetti western homage, equal parts John Wick and Pale Rider, with lots to enjoy if you’re a genre aficionado. Nothing too original, but diverting nevertheless. The cast plainly has fun.

The Lusty Men (1952, dir. Nicholas Ray)

A retired rodeo rider trains another man to ride competitively. Tough-for-its time melodrama with plenty of good second-unit work on location, and a focus on its female protagonist typical of its director. Loads of salty dialogue. Recommended.

Django Unchained (2012, dir. Quentin Tarantino)

A slave and a dentist team up to claim bounties and to mount a rescue. Episodic and sprawling, Django Unchained is nevertheless funny, thrilling, horrific, informative and a great-looking quest. Something for everyone, and there’s Franco Nero too.

¡Three Amigos! (1986, dir. John Landis)

Three silent movie actors are hired as gunmen to defeat a Mexican bandit. Inevitably patchy, but with moments of genius and genuine heart, this early Hollywood/Seven Samurai spoof passes the time admirably and is generous to its large cast.