World War II epic “Dunkirk” will be returning to movie theaters after nabbing eight Oscar nominations, and that’s potentially problematic, at least to Peter Maass over at The Intercept. Maass, you see, is trying to make the case that it’s time for Hollywood to stop making war movies like “12 Strong” that project an outdated image of masculinity “that does violence to us all.”

Maass writes of “12 Strong”:

During the movie’s pivotal scene, the leader of the Green Berets, played by Chris Hemsworth (the grievously handsome star of the Thor franchise), decimates a hive of Taliban fighters with his rifle ablaze as he gallops ahead on his fearless horse (yes, he’s riding a horse). In the same way that Hemsworth’s assault weapon goes rat-tat-tat and the bad guys fall like bulleted dominoes, the scene itself checks off one born-in-Hollywood cliché after another: of the rugged gunslinger, the warrior in camo, good versus evil, the modern vanquishing the profane, a man at his fullest.

We’re so old, we remember having this same conversation back during the Reagan era when “Rambo” was in theaters.

Maass continues:

Don’t get me wrong, soldiers often do brave things and shouldn’t be denied credit for it. I’ve reported on the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Bosnia, so I’ve seen heroism from soldiers of many nationalities, as well as cowardice and abuse. That’s not the issue. What matters is that well into the second decade of our forever war, the combat movies that populate our multiplexes and our minds are devoted to a martial narrative of men-as-terminators that should have been strangled at its birth a long time ago.

Maybe the phrase “toxic masculinity” is thrown around a little too easily these days.