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'Fury' treads on Peckinpah war picture territory

'Fury' treads on Peckinpah war picture territory

Fury Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $34.99 Available on VOD on Tuesday Brad Pitt plays a steely tank commander in writer-director David Ayer's World War II thriller, which is a departure from the "Training Day" / "End of Watch" screenwriter's usual Los Angeles crime stories. Though no less violent and macho than Ayer's previous work, "Fury" is a lot less cynical, focusing on small acts of heroism in the waning days of the war without denying the dehumanizing brutality of combat. Aside from its 134-minute length, the movie is a throwback to the tough, lean war pictures of Sam Peckinpah that looked to tell a good story with colorful characters...

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