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Friday, December 21, 2007

Charlie Wilson's War 

There are two stage-minded creators at work in Charlie Wilson’s War: director Mike Nichols (Closer, Angels in America) and writer Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Sports Night, A Few Good Men), but you’d have to be blind and deaf not to notice them. Both have a very theatrical sense of both drama and comedy, and at points you’re almost preparing yourself to wipe away a bit of Tom Hanks’s love sweat. The cadence of the film is deliberate and synthetic; it’s as if Nichols and Sorkin are asking you to pay attention to the story’s artifice.

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