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Cinemania: sword plays

Posted by Peter Keough  February 27, 2014 11:11 PM

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Forget your Abrams tanks, Predator drones or M249 SAW machine guns. When people watch combat on the screen these days, they like it the old-fashioned way: swords, spears, arrows and cleavers, the more hand-to-hand the better. Whether the setting is pagan, medieval, or imaginary, these spectacles of hot blood and cold steel are guaranteed crowd pleasers. The sequel “300: Rise of an Empire”

(opens March 7) is the latest in this genre, which goes back at least to D.W. Griffith’s “Intolerance” (1918). Send your favorites to petervkeough@gmail.com or include them in the comments. Deadline is Monday, March 3. We’ll be presenting the best Sunday, March 9. [shown is a trailer “300: Rise of an Empire”]

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