“In the Valley of Elah”


The war movie has been a typically American ritual for many decades. It's also been a barometer of America's consciousness, a cinematic dipstick plumbing the depths of our patriotic id.
A decade ago, films like "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) and "Three Kings" (1999) proved that confidence was high, as they say- that we were content in our cocoon, for better or for worse as the world's greatest armed resource.
One wonders, after 9/11, how well a film like "Private Ry...

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