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Michael Fassbender

'Slow West' speeds up to a funny, exciting frontier gunfight

Slow West Lionsgate, $19.98; Blu-ray, $24.99 Writer-director John Maclean's Western fable has a shaky first hour, trying too hard to be quirky and precious while telling the story of a dangerously naive Scottish immigrant (played by Kodi Smit-McPhee) who goes searching for his childhood sweetheart on the frontier with the help of a good-hearted outlaw (Michael Fassbender). But once Maclean is done cycling through familiar pulp archetypes, he maneuvers the plot toward a climactic half-hour gunfight sequence as exciting and funny as the genre has ever produced. Fans of the genre won't want to miss it, even though they'll need to wait patiently through the twee bits. The...