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A surprisingly good war film set in Kabul

The other night my wife and I and some neighbors went to see Tina Fey’s 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,' about a war correspondent in Afghanistan.

Best Defense

Ware’s new film about the Iraq war

Michael Ware was one of the hardest working reporters in Iraq.

Argument

The Problem With John Kerry’s Trip to Hollywood

Wrong movie, wrong focus group, wrong century.

Passport

Watch Trailers for the Oscars’ 5 Foreign-Film Nominees

On Thursday, the finalists for 2016's Academy Awards were announced. Here are the foreign-film nominations.

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Decades Later, Rape Case Still Haunts Filmmaker Roman Polanski

In 1977, Roman Polanski was accused of raping a 13-year-old girl. Nearly 40 years later, he's still avoiding extradition to the U.S. for it.

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Who Are the Real Child Soldiers?

A new film offers a powerful — but stereotypical — image of child soldiers. Here's what it gets wrong.

Tea Leaf Nation

Who’s Afraid of Big, Bad Hollywood? Not China.

The country's domestic film industry just had its best month in history.

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The Bioengineered Animal Weapons of Jurassic World Already Exist*

This summer's sci-fi blockbuster imagines a world where scientists genetically engineer animals for war. It's already here.

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