The best westerns always undercut their own myths, and few are more gorgeously conflicted than Red River. The final entry in a little series on Howard Hawks at the Metro, the film stars John Wayne as a Texas rancher with the kind of virile ambition that crosses the line into mania. Meanwhile, his adopted son Montgomery Clift and another young ranch hand fondle each other's guns as seasoned observers predict they're destined to "tangle." Hot. (Metro, 4500 Ninth Ave NE, 781-5755. 6:45 and 9:15 pm, $8.25–$9.25.)

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