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    | June 4, 2017, 10:21 p.m.
    The Unknown Known is a sequel of sorts to Errol Morris’s Fog of War. Both deal with disgraced secretaries of defense who oversaw failed wars that proved the limitations of US military might. In a way both films were about the invasion of Iraq starting in March 20th, 2003. The Fog of War was released on March 5th, 2003, but the lurch towards war with Iraq had been building since the Clinton administration. The film was structured as a series of lessons Robert McNamara learned over the course of an impressive career with an ignominious end.
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    | July 4, 2016, 1:51 p.m.
    Veteran character actor Karl Malden only directed one feature, Time Limit. Like fellow one-and-done director/actor Charles Laughton, Malden showed a grasp of the medium that makes you wish he’d built up a filmography. Here, he takes a story that may only need two set pieces and mixes in matte shots, and a few on-location New York sequences to break up the monotony. Time Limit concerns Col William Edwards (Richard Widmark) who must recommend whether to court marshall Maj. Harry Cargill. Cargill most certainly committed treason during the Korean War during his two years of captivity behind enemy