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Film, "Korengal": Sebastian Junger Cuts Through the Jingoism of Americans at War

"Korengal": Sebastian Junger Cuts Through the Jingoism of Americans at War

Sebastian Junger's documentary Korengal is a much-needed counterbalance to Peter Berg's drama Lone Survivor from earlier this year. Korengal is also about a group of male soldiers in a rugged yet verdant area of Afghanistan as part of the questionably-named…
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Film, "Lone Survivor": Mark Wahlberg Vs. the Taliban

"Lone Survivor": Mark Wahlberg Vs. the Taliban

As if to atone for his 2012 debacle Battleship, Peter Berg's Lone Survivor is the kind of testosterone-drenched war movie your dad probably liked to watch on Saturday afternoons. Based on a highly disputed book about what the film's poster…
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Film, "Battleship": Soak up the Beautiful Bombast

"Battleship": Soak up the Beautiful Bombast

Every once in a while, a movie comes along that's so utterly shameless that it achieves a certain grandeur. Peter Berg's Battleship, which I swear to God is described in its Wikipedia entry as an "American science fiction action naval…
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Film, Superzero


The Sixth Sense, starring Bruce Willis as a dead man, was writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's breakthrough, but its follow-up, Unbreakable, starring Bruce Willis as the walking dead reborn as a superhero, was the filmmaker's masterpiece. It remains the most quietly…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Black Russian

Black Russian

Eastern Promises (Universal) David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen are becoming a Bizarro World Alfred Hitchcock/Cary Grant combo, and the world is a better (and bloodier) place for it. Chucklehead critics too smitten by Cronenberg's "messages" dismissed this film — a…
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Film, Dull Roar

Dull Roar

Less a war drama than a set of dueling position papers, Robert Redford's Lions for Lambs may be the gabbiest movie ever made about American foreign policy — and it wasn't even written by Aaron Sorkin. Hot young screenwriter Matthew…
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Film, 'The Kingdom' Posits CSI: Riyadh with a Jamie Foxx Twist

'The Kingdom' Posits CSI: Riyadh with a Jamie Foxx Twist

The Kingdom is the first film from Peter Berg since the actor-turned-director's Friday Night Lights, which spawned an acclaimed, if struggling, franchise for NBC. There will be no small-screen spinoff of The Kingdom — there are too many corpses lying…
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Film, Hell of a Catch

Hell of a Catch

There are at least three movies contained within the covers of H.G. Bissinger's best-selling 1990 nonfiction book Friday Night Lights. One is concerned with the socioeconomic life of a small West Texas town built on the wobbly foundations of oil…
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