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Updated: 02/19/2014 08:00:00AM

‘The Monuments Men’

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This image released by Columbia Pictures shows Bill Murray, left, and Bob Balaban star in "The Monuments Men." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures, Claudette Barius)

By TOM LOVASKO

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Okay, “The Monuments Men” happens to be a WWII throwback film and resembles a Hollywood old-school flick. But it’s the unique subject matter and its treatment — thank you, George Clooney — that makes it so appealing.

Based on a true story and book, Clooney co-wrote, directed and stars as the leader of the squad called “The Monuments Men.” They’re a diverse group of seven men who include art historians, curators and museum directors. They were assigned (by FDR) the unique task of saving Europe’s priceless art treasures near the end of the Second World War around 1944. It’s a furious treasure hunt as these guys split up, then re-convene, as they enter churches, salt mines and a castle in their quest. It’s also a dangerous beat-the-clock race to find as many artifacts as possible before Hitler’s troops destroy it all.

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