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Movie Review: ‘The 33′

(Far right) Antonio Banderas as Mario Sepulveda and (top left, standing) Jacob Vargas as Edison Peña in Alcon Entertainment's true-life drama "The 33," a Warner Bros. Pictures Release. (Beatrice Aguirre/ALCON ENTERTAINMENT, LLC/Warner Bros. Pictures)
(Far right) Antonio Banderas as Mario Sepulveda and (top left, standing) Jacob Vargas as Edison Peña in Alcon Entertainment's true-life drama "The 33," a Warner Bros. Pictures Release. (Beatrice Aguirre/ALCON ENTERTAINMENT, LLC/Warner Bros. Pictures)

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