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Movie review: 'Straw Dogs'
Movie review: 'Straw Dogs'

Writer-director Rod Lurie's bird-brained remake of "Straw Dogs" doesn't work on its own terms, and it can't hold a candle to the unruly, unstable merits of Sam Peckinpah's 1971 original. It's miscast, barely functional in terms of technique, stupid and unnecessary. Other than that.... Seriously: Why remake this combustible property unless you have something to say about violence other than "whatever works"? Lurie settles for relocating the story from a village of rapists and cretins in Cornwall, England, to small-town Mississippi and a related breed of same. The double sexual assault endured by the female protagonist is again the linchpin, though...