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When the US went to war in the Middle East, it changed the face of war—which, in turn, changed the face of war dramas. And the Netflix original drama Sand Castle offers another look at the complexities of the conflicts in Iraq—as seen through the eyes of a soldier who would rather be anywhere else.

Sand Castle ventures into the desert with Private Matt Ocre (Nicholas Hoult), a reluctant soldier who joined the reserves [more...]
During award season—those last couple of months of the movie-going year—we see a handful of holiday blockbusters and a whole lot of heavy dramas. It’s also a time for moving biographies—like the story of a boy’s decades-long journey to return to his family in Lion.

Lion follows the true story of five-year-old Saroo (Sunny Pawar), who lives in a village in India with his family until, one night, while looking for work [more...]
To many people, Chris Evans is best known as Captain America—the loyal, patriotic Avenger. But even superheroes need to try something different every once in a while—so, in Gifted, he steps away from his role as a guy who’s trying to save the world to play a guy who’s just trying to save one little girl.

Gifted tells the story of Mary Adler (Mckenna Grace), an exceptional little girl who lives with her uncle, Frank [more...]
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