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A Soldier's Story Set To Gunfire In 'Hell And Back'

The documentary Hell and Back Again was a standout at Sundance, and it hits theaters this week. It follows Marine Sgt. Nathan Harris from Afghanistan back home to North Carolina. Director Danfung Dennis made an unusual choice for this film: no musical score. Instead, he uses sounds gathered on the battlefield and manipulates them to highlight the emotion of the story. Noah Nelson of Turnstyle News reports.
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'Ides Of March': Political Intrigue Not Far From Reality

George Clooney directs and stars in the movie, The Ides of March, as a Democratic candidate for the presidential nomination. His campaign, however, is really a backdrop for power plays and infighting among the campaign staff. Host Audie Cornish speaks to screenwriter Grant Heslov, who co-wrote the film with Clooney and says they took their inspiration from real-life political deals and personalities.
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Modern Horror Defined By Edgy Realism Of The 1970s

By the late 1960s, classic horror movies pioneered by Vincent Price and Boris Karloff had run out of steam. What took their place was something different, edgier and altogether more terrifying.
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Movie Review: 'The Ides of March'

A political thriller, The Ides of March, opens Friday. That's one week before the ides of October — and a few months before the first presidential primaries.
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John Wayne: Icon Of America's Booming Confidence

It's been more than 30 years since the rugged film star's death, yet he still looms large in the national psyche. Critic John Powers was surprised to find that the indomitable American fighting man was actually a hard-earned act of self-invention.
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'Ides Of March': These Days, All Politics Is Lowball

An idealistic campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) finds himself in the middle of a scandal that could threaten his candidate's chances of becoming president.
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'Benda Bilili!' Congolese Band Achieves Success

Benda Bilili! is a music documentary that will have you shaking your head in astonishment as well as moving your feet to some unstoppable rhythms. This film is set in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It features the high energy, propulsive music of Staff Benda Bilili, a band that is as unusual as it is overpowering.

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