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'Lone Survivor' outmuscles 'Hercules' to win U.S. box office

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(Credit: Taylor Kitsch and Mark Wahlberg in "Lone Survivor" (Greg Peters))

"Lone Survivor," the true story of a failed U.S. Navy SEALS mission to capture or kill a Taliban leader in Afghanistan, collected $38.5 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales, topping movie "Frozen" to win the weekend box office race.

The film stars Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell, the only one of four SEALS to return from the mission and who wrote the 2007 book on...

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Movie review: 'Lone Survivor,' 3 stars

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(Credit: Taylor Kitsch and Mark Wahlberg in "Lone Survivor" (Greg Peters))

In one sense, "Lone Survivor" is a myopic enterprise. Writer-director Peter Berg demonstrates an abiding lack of interest in the larger geopolitical and human circumstances surrounding Operation Red Wings, the failed 2005 SEAL Team 10 mission in Afghanistan that the movie re-creates.

But what the picture lacks in perspective it makes up for in sheer visceral force: This is a steadfastly...

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