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'The Big Short' and '99 Homes' tackle the 2008 financial crisis from boom to bust

'The Big Short' and '99 Homes' tackle the 2008 financial crisis from boom to bust

So-called "losing the farm" movies in 1984 yielded Academy Award nominations for lead actress winner Sally Field ("Places in the Heart"), Sissy Spacek ("The River") and Jessica Lange ("Country.") But Hollywood has been slow in responding to more recent hardships caused by the 2008 economic crash that cost some 8 million Americans their homes. Though the 2010 documentary "Inside Job" earned an Oscar for dissecting Wall Street dysfunction, not until this fall has a scripted drama tackled the subject — two times over. Two films this awards season, "The Big Short" and "99 Homes," offer contrasting portraits showing...

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