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Mission Not Accomplished

GWYNNE DYER
In his visit to Afghanistan last December, British Prime Minister David Cameron ended up sounding just as deluded as President George W. Bush had been when he proclaimed “Mission accomplished” six weeks after the invasion o...


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Less Fighting, More Fear

Let’s figure out why there are fewer wars going on these days.
GWYNNE DYER
Imagine for a moment that all the wars of the world have come to a peaceful conclusion. Most violent crime against people and property has been eradicated. The worst outbreak of violence in the world in the past 24 hours has be...



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Locked In

Lockheed’s F-35 is on course to cost a trillion dollars — whether we need it or not.
ANDREW MCLEMORE
The bold red letters –– ON STRIKE –– etched themselves into the dull grays of an overcast morning. The 20 striking employees of Lockheed Martin marched mostly in silence across Lockheed Boulevard, crossing each time the...


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A Season for Knives

Declaring a war seems a casual (and eternal) business.
GRAYSON HARPER
It’s spring again. Must be time to start another war. Now it appears the target will be Iran. Or maybe Syria. John McCain wants to bomb Syria. Well, I guess it doesn’t matter as long as we bomb somebody. On the issue of Ira...



This Means War: Bad Threesome

Two CIA guys date the same ditz: Bullets fly, the film doesn’t.
KRISTIAN LIN
These days, romantic comedies often come packaged with gunfire, explosions, and car chases because filmmakers and studios think that’s the only way to make male moviegoers sit still. This Means War is one of those. While that...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Safe House (R) Ryan Reynolds stars in this thriller as a young CIA agent charged with protecting an arrested traitor (Denzel Washington) after an agency safe house is attacked. Also with Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson, ...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Woman in Black (PG-13) Daniel Radcliffe stars in this horror film adapted from Susan Hill’s novella about a young 19th-century lawyer who’s terrorized by the ghost of a scorned woman while staying at a country ...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Grey (R) Liam Neeson stars in this thriller as a member of an Alaskan oil drilling team stranded in the wilderness after their plane crashes. Also with Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Frank Grillo, Nonso Anonzie, ...



War Party Throws Back

Blending punk and doo-wop (!), this Fort Worth quartet defines “niche.”
MATTHEW MCGOWAN
The details of a brief November road trip to Austin are still hazy for War Party’s four members. In an interview on a recent evening, months after the trip, drummer Peter Marsh could only shake his head, grin, and apologize t...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: In the Land of Blood and Honey (R) Angelina Jolie’s first film as writer-director is this English-language war film about a Serbian soldier (Goran Kostic) and a Muslim artist (Zara Marjanovic) whose romance is transf...