Articles tagged iraq war

The Pro-War Verus Anti-War Debate on ‘American Sniper’ Misses the Point

It’s impossible to observe sniper Chris Kyle’s (Bradley Cooper) gradual descent into madness and believe that Clint Eastwood promotes an explicitly pro-war message.

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Exceptional Claims: Principle, Personality and Christopher Hitchens

The late Christopher Hitchens helped define the character and popular perception of Atheism for this generation. But for the self-styled contrarian, where did principle end and personality begin?

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29 Aug 2011 // 10:00 PM

Your Brain in the Voting Booth

President Obama may not be everything people’s brains deceived them into thinking he was, but he’s who he said he would be all along.

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7 Apr 2010 // 10:00 PM

Bulletproof Salesman

The filmmakers seem to deliberately avoided asking hard questions; resulting in a film which often seems like an infomercial and which will no doubt bring this arms-dealing firm some additional business.

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The Ticking is the Bomb by Nick Flynn

Flynn’s obsessive nature may force his locomotive mind off the rails, but he dutifully and beautifully records what’s illuminated by the sparks.

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Point Omega by Don DeLillo

Entirely too long at 117 pages, Don DeLillo’s latest novel was inspired by an installation at the Museum of Modern Art in 2006 called 24 Hour Psycho.

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Best Actor: Ben Foster Delivers in ‘The Messenger’

This year's best independent film happens to contain three of the year's finest performances. The unlikely trio of Samantha Morton, Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster shine in this war-themed drama.

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The Gamble by Thomas E. Ricks

By the time Ricks brings his narrative to a close, he has solidly proved his point, namely that in the most basic reckoning, the surge can be said to have worked.

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27 Jan 2009 // 3:32 AM

Layers of graffiti on walls tell history of Iraq war

BAGHDAD - Iraq is a nation of walls: tall concrete blast walls built during the past six years, ancient mud-brick barricades that date to antiquity

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16 Oct 2008 // 3:31 AM

POV: Soldiers of Conscience

Soldiers' moral struggles tend to remain invisible, like the situations that drive them. Soldiers of Conscience shows the dilemmas and the costs of war.

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Man in the Dark by Paul Auster

This superb small novel isn’t about war or politics at all, but about, in the face of guilt and horror, choosing whether to die and how, if that is the choice, to live.

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19 Jun 2008 // 2:53 AM

Meet the people behind Abu Ghraib photos

NEW YORK - The old saying claims a picture is worth a thousand words. But in his new documentary “Standard Operating Procedure,” Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol

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A Dangerous Age by Ellen Gilchrist

Evidently Gilchrist missed the sickening exposés of conditions at Walter Reed, or chose to overlook them.

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Corporate Warriors by P. W. Singer

By refusing to cast himself as a finger-wagging scold on the subject of military contractors, Singer’s concerns have all that much more power.

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‘Boys Don’t Cry’ director changes course with Iraq War drama ‘Stop-Loss’

There wasn’t much on director Kimberly Peirce’s resume to suggest she would be the ideal filmmaker to take a shot at making an

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2 Jan 2008 // 3:30 AM

Iraq War-themed films can’t find an audience

What if they made a war movie and nobody came to see it? No biggie. Individual films fail all the time for all kinds of

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9 Nov 2007 // 2:47 AM

Today’s foreign wars are Hollywood hell

This is not your grandfather’s war. This war is unpopular and controversial, seemingly endless. But that hasn’t stopped Hollywood from releasing a series

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11 Oct 2007 // 3:27 AM

A new script for Hollywood war movies

Anti-war demonstrators storm the Pentagon in the movie “Across the Universe.” A career soldier protests the Iraq conflict in “In the Valley of Elah.” The

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Hollywood goes to war: Mainstream movies focus on Iraq, terrorism

Writer Matthew Michael Carnahan makes a living pounding out movie scripts, where flights of fantasy and retreats from reality are the daily stock in trade.

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17 Sep 2007 // 4:18 AM

TORONTO—It didn’t take much effort to identify the dominant trend at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, which concluded its 32nd edition

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