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As Free State of Jones begins, you see a series of gruesome battle injuries and torn body parts, but, as it plays out, the film is not really a visceral war procedural ala Saving Private Ryan. Towards the middle of the robust 140 minutes of runtime, you face men defying all odds while fighting for hopeless survival, but, as it is playing out, the film is not really a harrowing subsistence tale ala Fury or 12 Years a Slave. And, near the end of the epopee, you get rapid-fire scenes with a lot of title cards explaining legal and social developments in the postbellum American South, but, as it has played out, the film is not really meant as a history lesson ala The Longest Day.
So what, then, is this movie supposed to be? Free State of Jones, a sweeping, ambitious movie that begins in 1862, bites off more than it can »
- J Don Birnam
"Batman v. Superman": potential blockbuster or "Cleopatra Redux".
By Lee Pfeiffer
The heavily-hyped Warner Brothers super hero epic "Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice" is one of the most heavily promoted films in years. It's also one of the most expensive. Variety estimates that the film's $250 million production budget plus ancillary marketing costs will make it necessary for the movie to gross $800 worldwide just to break even. You read that right: $800 million. One industry analyst says that anything less than a gross of $1 billion will be considered a disappointment. Warner Brothers contends that those figures don't take into consideration ancillary revenues from video and merchandising. Fair enough, but if a film bombs, generally speaking, the merchandise and video sales do, too. If you doubt it, how many people did you see walking around with "Waterworld" or "Howard the Duck" T shirts? Veteran screenwriter William Goldman once said of the film industry "Nobody knows anything. »
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As long as war exists, there will always be filmmakers who try to attempt to capture its horror, and its glory. As the years press on and wars come and go, different filmmakers have endeavored to craft different war films that represent the tone and thought process of a given era. All Quiet on the Western Front framed Wwi as a time of lost innocence, while The Longest Day presented the Second World War as an hour of glory against the Nazis. This trend has persisted, from the way Platoon dealt with Vietnam, to Courage Under Fire.s take on the first Gulf War. Michael Bay.s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi has been in theaters since this weekend, but represents only the latest in a long line of movies that have attempted to deal with the idea of war in a post 9/11 world. Some films about our most »
3 items from 2016
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