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A universe away from the German bounty hunter roaming the Old West in "Django Unchained," the European adventurers in "Gold" hail from a more traditional playbook. Director Thomas Arsland's watchable oater only maintains a uniqueness for the sheer presence of German characters involved in a plight most commonly associated with American explorers. But as gold rush expeditions go, this one's just another perilous outing we've seen countless times before, competently realized in parts but lacking ingenuity at every turn. Anchored by a strong lead performance by "Barbara" star Nina Hoss as the wandering Emily, "Gold" holds some interest for the way it focuses on a cocksure female adventurer without entirely upending the formula, but that's a feat of dubious merit. Easily begging comparison to Kelly Reichardt's revisionist western "Meek's Cutoff," Arland's movie looks pedestrian in the shadow of the »

- Eric Kohn

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