‘The Harder They Fall’ review: All-star cast and plenty of gunfights in a Black Western with a dose of history

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Chicago Tribune

“I’m lightning with the blam-blams,” brags the quick-draw ace played by RJ Cyler in the violent, jokey, starry Western “The Harder They Fall,” premiering in theaters this week prior to its Nov. 3 Netflix launch. The ace’s name is Jim Beckwourth, based on a real 19th-century figure, as are many of the outlaws populating British co-writer, director and musician Jeymes Samuel’s larkish bloodbath. The scale, the tone and the splatter go great with Samuel’s soundtrack. It’s loaded with dubstep, reggae, Ennio Morricone-adjacent orchestral swells and artists such as Jay-Z, who also co-produced. (Samu…

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