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'Patriots Day' closes the 2016 AFI Fest in moving fashion

Mark Wahlberg and his wife, Rhea Durham, attend the AFI Fest premiere of "Patriots Day." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Mark Wahlberg and his wife, Rhea Durham, attend the AFI Fest premiere of "Patriots Day." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

One of this holiday season’s most anticipated – and most timely – films, director Peter Berg’s Boston Marathon bombing drama “Patriots Day,” had its unveiling Thursday evening, drawing a warm reception from the audience at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood that could portend a potent run at the box office and perhaps in this year’s awards race as well.

The special closing-night presentation of this year’s AFI Fest, the debut of “Patriots Day” came just 3½ years after the events the movie dramatizes – and barely more than a week after a bitterly divisive presidential election in which thorny questions of the proper response to terrorism loomed large.

Actor and producer Mark Wahlberg, far left, and director Peter Berg, far right, introduce some of the real people from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Actor and producer Mark Wahlberg, far left, and director Peter Berg, far right, introduce some of the real people from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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