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12 Strong

True military adventures don't come any more rousing than this. Chris Hemsworth plays a Green Beret captain leading a small Special Forces unit on horseback in rugged terrain in the early weeks of fighting in Afghanistan after 9/11. Director Nicolai Fuglsig, working from a script by Ted Tally and Peter Craig, avoids what could have become flag-waving jingoistic moments, preferring to show the Americans quietly going about their tasks.

Watch out for: Intense, lengthy and realistic combat violence and gore, a scene of an execution of a teacher in front of three young girls.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: R.

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