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Last Days In Vietnam

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 10:51 am

There are many differences between America’s troubled exit from Iraq and its ramshackle retreat from Vietnam. But the U.S. flight from Saigon as seen in Rory Kennedy’s documentary “Last Days in Vietnam” has incredible, unmistakable resonance on the political, ethical and military confusion that occurs when, after years of war, a far-away nation pulls up stakes. These are scenes of a humbled superpower and the terrifying vacuum left behind. South

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    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 10:02 am

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  • When the Game Stands Tall

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 9:01 am

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    “When the Game Stands Tall” has all the makings of a late-summer hit. It’s the kind of movie that makes you feel good while crying at the same time. “When the Games Stands Tall” is the story of the De La Salle High School football team, which won 151 consecutive games from 1992 to 2004. Had director Thomas Carter, whose film is based on the book by Neil Hayes, simply

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    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 9:58 am

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  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 9:06 am

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  • Guardians Of The Galaxy

    Posted on August 6, 2014 at 9:03 am

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    At the height of their powers, our overlords at Marvel have deigned to prove, like an emperor tolerating a court jester, that they do, in fact, have a sense of humor. The Marvel universe, of course, isn’t entirely lacking comedy, as we’ve seen in “Iron Man” and “The Avengers.” But on the whole, the Marvel kingdom is built on an unshakable foundation of self-seriousness. The comic book studio seems to

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  • Hercules

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 11:17 am

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