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  • Critic's Pick: 'Lone Survivor' pairs combat violence with humane acts

    Critic's Pick: 'Lone Survivor' pairs combat violence with humane acts
    "Lone Survivor," director Peter Berg's hard-charging war drama starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster, is very much about the physical damage wrought by fierce, face-to-face combat. It is also a movie about the unexpected humanity that finds a way to exist even when battle lines are drawn. The film is loosely based on a 2005 special ops mission in Afghanistan that went terribly wrong, and the unraveling begins when the operation's leader, played by Kitsch, makes a controversial decision to release a trio of unarmed goat herders. That one act of decency, and in line with military code, leads to a disaster for the men as Taliban rebels are soon alerted and shooting. But the decency theme doesn't end there. The survivor of the skirmish, Wahlberg's Marcus Luttrell, is close to death when he's found by a Pashtun villager. Gulab (Ali Suliman) defies the Taliban at great risk to save the soldier. So while the warfare is visceral, violent and in the trenches, there is also great heart at work in the film and hope in the humanity Berg exposes alongside the bullet wounds.
  • 'Lone Survivor' likely to top 'Frozen' at weekend box office

    'Lone Survivor' likely to top 'Frozen' at weekend box office
    "Lone Survivor," Universal Pictures' military drama about a mission gone wrong, could ambush "Frozen" at the box office this weekend, as "The Legend of Hercules" joins the fray and "Her" and "August: Osage County" enter more theaters.  The Afghanistan...

    'Lone Survivor' carries out its mission, reviews say

    'Lone Survivor' carries out its mission, reviews say
    "Lone Survivor," Peter Berg's new movie about a Navy SEAL mission gone horribly awry in the mountains of Afghanistan, gives away its ending in the title. But spoilers are beside the point for the gritty drama based on Marcus Luttrell's 2007 memoir,...

    'Lone Survivor' ambushes 'Frozen' to top weekend box office

    'Lone Survivor' ambushes 'Frozen' to top weekend box office
    Universal Pictures' Afghanistan war drama "Lone Survivor" stormed movie theaters over the weekend, while "The Legend of Hercules" debuted to less-than-legendary results. "Lone Survivor," based on Marcus Luttrell's bestselling first-hand account of an...

    After the Golden Globes, stars party with Harvey Weinstein

    After the Golden Globes, stars party with Harvey Weinstein
    The event: In a tent beside the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the Weinstein Co. threw a lively after-party bash, which drew many of the biggest stars who had attended the Golden Globe Awards. There, the champagne flowed, as did the Fiji Water, a sponsor of the...