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‘The Square’: A great political film

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on March 25, 2014 The other night I cooked green chili chicken and my wife said we should watch The Square, so of course we did. It is a documentary about the continuing Egyptian revolution, and no matter what your views, or even if you ...

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Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on March 25, 2014

The other night I cooked green chili chicken and my wife said we should watch The Square, so of course we did.

It is a documentary about the continuing Egyptian revolution, and no matter what your views, or even if you care, it is worth watching. Not only does it tell you more about what is happening in Cairo, it is a great study of how revolutions unfold, and cannibalize themselves. One of my kids said it reminded her of Battle of Algiers -- which of course is one of the Best Defense 10 top war films of all time.

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on March 25, 2014

The other night I cooked green chili chicken and my wife said we should watch The Square, so of course we did.

It is a documentary about the continuing Egyptian revolution, and no matter what your views, or even if you care, it is worth watching. Not only does it tell you more about what is happening in Cairo, it is a great study of how revolutions unfold, and cannibalize themselves. One of my kids said it reminded her of Battle of Algiers — which of course is one of the Best Defense 10 top war films of all time.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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