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Apocalypse Now
Perfect 11 Points 1979

A fantastic film cataloguing insanity, war and imperialism, Apocalypse Now is a sprawling, magnificent film that masterfully builds up dread and tension through its adaptation of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.

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Argo
Really Great 83 Points 2012

Two political movies were released this third weekend before the Obama retention election – one on heroic capitalism, the other recreating a little known cloak-and-dagger success during the Iranian Hostage Crisis, an otherwise dismal chapter in American history. The second movie – Argo – is th…

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Zero Dark Thirty
Really Great 83 Points 2012

Zero Dark Thirty tells the truthy tale of the deadly hunt for Osama bin Laden, making it one of the most potent political movies of all time. The certain reverberations are hard to predict. Wikileaks? Wikiflick.

It starts with a dark screen, then a title card. September 11, 2001. Scre…

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Carlos
Really Great 17 Points 2010

Real-life terrorism captured in this kick-ass mini-series that follows the Venezuelan revelutionary Ilich Ramirez Sanchez (AKA “Carlos”). It is easy to forget how much espionage and terrorism was going on in the 70’s, and this series captures the pinnacle of it all. Japanese Red Army, Ge…

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Sicario: Day of...
Really Great 66 Points 2018

Sicario 2 couldn’t be more timely, even if its extreme surrealism is an only-in-the-movies depiction of what’s happening today on the TexMex border. That unfenced divide, with traffickers running rampant, makes an ideal milieu for a heavily militarized action thriller. And *Sicario: Day of the …

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Confessions of ...
Great 66 Points 2002

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind got gonged in ‘02. Turns out it’s a great movie, especially for those of us who view The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and The Gong Show as pop-cultural touchstones.

The movie tells the twisted tale of their creator Chuck Barris’s life, as he’d like it kno…

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Sicario
Great 83 Points 2015

Narco-gang depravity meets its match when things go military on the Mexican border in Sicario, Spanish for “hitman”. A semi-successful Emily Blunt rebels against this turn of events. Semi-successful? Her performance, not her rebellion, which is unsuccessful. Yet the movie is much more than semi…

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Act of Valor
Great 83 Points 2012

Think of Act of Valor as real US Naval Special Warfare come to cineplexes, not as a normal war movie. Thus the valor is certain, the acting not so much.

Directed by a couple of former stuntmen and starring a bunch of active duty SEALs, it is earnest in the extreme and often wooden in its no…

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13 Hours: The S...
Great 83 Points 2016

The 2012 Islamist militia attack on the two U.S. outposts in Benghazi Libya comes alive as a colossal and utterly predictable central-government failure in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Truth!

The amazing thing is that only four men died, even if one was Ambassador Chris Stevens…

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Spy Game
Very Good 17 Points 2001

A really fun espionage thriller featuring two acting greats: Redford and Pitt. Pitt gets cuffed by the Chinese and the CIA pulls in his old mentor, the just-about-to-retire Robert Redford to help sort things out. As you’d expect, this turns into a one last hurrah for Redford – full of heroic …

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