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The bravery of the real soldiers is buried under a mountain of hokey sentiment and rah-rah bluster.

‘12 Strong’ puts a one-dimensional spin on true-life heroism

January 18th, 2018

The bravery of the real soldiers is buried under a mountain of hokey sentiment and rah-rah bluster.

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  • The story’s told from the nostalgic perspective of a teenager discovering his sexuality and experiencing his first love.

  • Only toward the end does director Paul Thomas Anderson’s long game finally become apparent.

  • In 2015, Paramount and CBS sued the makers of a Star Trek fan film, leading to a set of guidelines for fan filmmakers.

  • While some of the historical details are fascinating, the crime drama around them is tedious and tiresome in any era.

  • Tom Hanks plays Ben Bradlee, a born newspaperman whose only instinct is to publish the Pentagon Papers.

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  • Despite its title, it’s not really about Gianni Versace. It’s about his killer.

  • It’s built around a far-fetched high concept that gets sillier and more convoluted as the movie progresses.

  • I’d hoped we’d outgrown this stilted dialogue and ham-fisted moralizing, but everything old is new again.

  • Margot Robbie’s Tonya is a working-class girl with none of the financial or familial advantages of her figure-skating competitors.

  • Everything in theaters this week, plus special screenings and movie reviews.

  • From Avengers to Solo and beyond.

  • “Hopefully we’ll be a huge hit, and they’ll open up the purse and we can come to Vegas and do all of our things.”

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