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Arnold Schwarzenegger may be back, as he likes to say, and he’s apparently decided to become Clint Eastwood. The Last Stand, the actor’s first actual starring role since 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (cameos in The Rundown and supporting parts in The Expendables don’t count), is one of the least Ahnuld-ian action films he’s made. It’s got none of the steely, robotic ethos of stuff like The Terminator or Predator or Commando or Conan — movies that felt like sci-fi even when they weren’t sci-fi. In other words, he’s not a killing machine this time. Far from it. Instead, The Last Stand starts off as a pleasant ramble, in which Schwarzenegger plays an aging small-town sheriff who, along with his raggedy deputies, has to contend with the ruthless killers who’ve invaded his town.At first, the film is as interested in »


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