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With 'Unbroken,' 'Fury,' a war-movie wave rises again

With 'Unbroken,' 'Fury,' a war-movie wave rises again

War movies have been around nearly as long as film itself, but every now and then the genre seems to  spark a new resonance in the public imagination.

The late 1980s saw a spate of Vietnam War movies ("Platoon," "Full Metal Jacket," "Casualties of War") as filmmakers and the country began processing in earnest the consequences of that conflict. A decade later, baby boomers took a renewed interest in the "Greatest Generation" that both raised them and fought World War II, making and supporting films such as "Saving Private Ryan," "The Thin Red Line" and "The English Patient."

Now the recent successes...