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THE UNTOLD TRUE STORY THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY. In 2015, Adam McKay successfully depicted the 2008 financial crisis in The Big Short; this is another satirical look at a dark chapter in American political history. The rise of Dick Cheney gets a completely irreverent treatment, with amusingly dim-witted and mean-spirited performances by Sam … Continue reading Vice

War Dogs

AN AMERICAN DREAM. 22-year-old Miami Beach massage therapist David Packouz (Miles Teller) is looking for something else when a friend from his boyhood years shows up; Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) is now a successful arms dealer in need of a partner. A drama-comedy inspired by a Rolling Stone article about two twentysomethings striking it big … Continue reading War Dogs

American Sniper: Not Just For Angry People

ONE BULLET CAN TELL THE STORY.    Rarely has a film provoked such a heated and confusing debate as this film. There was the controversy where a baby in a key scene looks decidedly fake, which is distracting. There was outrage on the left, where people like Michael Moore labeled snipers as “cowards” and Seth … Continue reading American Sniper: Not Just For Angry People


YOUR FATE IS NEVER SEALED.  American truck driver Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) wakes up bound and gagged inside a buried coffin somewhere in Iraq; at his disposal are a lighter and a cell phone. Spanish director Rodrigo Cortés’s first American film has Hitchcock’s fingerprints all over it, from the gorgeous Saul Bass-inspired opening titles to … Continue reading Buried

The Men Who Stare at Goats

NO GOATS. NO GLORY. After flying to Kuwait to report on the Iraq War, journalist Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) meets a retired Army operator (George Clooney) who’s been trained in parapsychological skills. You really want to love this film, but it squanders a good opportunity. Loosely based on an actual military initiative, the script chronicles … Continue reading The Men Who Stare at Goats

The Lucky One

U.S. Marine Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) comes to Louisiana looking for the woman who unwittingly saved his life in Iraq; when he finally meets Beth (Taylor Schilling) he’s unable to tell her how he knows her, but decides to stick around. Another schmaltzy Nicholas Sparks adaptation; apparently, it doesn’t matter whether Lasse Hallström or Scott … Continue reading The Lucky One

Hurt Locker: War is Da Bomb

YOU’LL KNOW WHEN YOU’RE IN IT. Doctors love to complain about movies that portray their line of work. So do cops, fire fighters, journalists… and soldiers. Many Iraq War vets harbor contempt toward this film’s depiction of life in Baghdad for a United States Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team. The filmmakers seem to have … Continue reading Hurt Locker: War is Da Bomb

Green Zone

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER ROY MILLER IS DONE FOLLOWING ORDERS. Shortly after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) and his team are busy trying to find WMD stashes, but the locations are empty and Miller smells a rat… Welcome to the Iraq War, Jason Bourne style. This very loose adaptation of the … Continue reading Green Zone