As military weaponry has advanced, the viability of amphibious assault against a defended beachhead isn't what it used to be. Unlike World War II and the Korean War, modern defenses are bristling with guided missile systems, thermobaric weaponry, and radar-guided machine gun batteries, among other lethal armaments. If the opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan captured the carnage of the most successful large-scale amphibious assault in history, it's 2014 military science fiction yarn Live. Die. Repeat. that reveals its modern shortfalls.

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Screenshot via YouTube of the trailer for “American Made”

Tom Cruise is taking to the skies again. But this time it’s in a Piper Aerostar-600 loaded down with cocaine and guns, not an F-14 Tomcat. “American Made,” set for a Sept. 29 premiere, has Cruise playing Barry Seal, a commercial airline pilot who’s recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency to shuttle drugs and guns to and from South America. Check out the fresh trailer:

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