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The Railway Man

Nebbish 60-ish Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) is a railway fan. It’s 1980, and he sports his big, plastic frames and a fuzzy moustache, making him look weirdly like a dead ringer for Kurt Vonnegut. It’s a little unclear what he does for work, but his brain prefers to click with numbers, routes, and time-saving train …

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The Killing Fields

I visited Cambodia a few years ago—it’s a beautiful country with lovely land and a youthful population (which betrays the millions killed during the Khmer Rouge’s reign in the 1970s and 80s). I experienced the horror of walking through one of the infamous killing fields, where bone fragments and scraps of decayed clothes still surface …

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Rescue Dawn

Someone needs to give Christian Bale a sandwich and some diet counseling. If this guy continues to gain and lose alarming amounts of poundage for movie roles (see also The Machinist), he’s going to have some kidney problems (or worse) coming his way soon enough. I’m just saying. But audiences seem to dig this sort …

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