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In an age of violence, the summer action movie, redefined and revisited

In an age of violence, the summer action movie, redefined and revisited

If you came of age in the days of  “Jaws” or “Top Gun” — or even, for that matter, “Independence Day” or “Pirates of the Caribbean” — you probably harbor pleasant memories of summer movies.

Part of that fondness stems from the activity itself — cooling down with sugary snacks while epic adventures unfold will cheer up the most dour kid. But  what was playing out on screen was largely pleasant too.

Sure, a shark may threaten Martin Brody, or Jack Sparrow may get into a sticky duel with Hector Barbossa; heck, it took me a good month to get over...

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