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'50 to 1' can't overcome its long odds
'50 to 1' can't overcome its long odds

The true-life horse-racing tale "50 to 1" takes forever to get galloping — and when it finally does, it's too little too late. Directed by Oscar-winning producer Jim Wilson ("Dances With Wolves") from a script he wrote with Faith Conroy, the movie over-focuses on the people surrounding longshot Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird instead of making us feel something real and primal for the horse itself. Perhaps if the folks responsible for getting the crooked-footed equine to the big show that year (2009) were more interesting, the film could have soared where it sinks. But this "misfit group of New Mexico cowboys" (and one young woman) lack depth...

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