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In the Valley of Elah



lations. In "In the Valley of Elah," he plays smackdown with war's impact on those who plan and wage it and the culture that goes along, even knowing, to quote a character, "It's fucked up."


His points are many and well-taken, but they aren't as powerful as they could be because he is often damn ham-fisted in making them.  As a father looking for a lost "? in many senses of that word "? son, Tommy Lee Jones delivers a truly remarkable performance. His face is etched with the experiences of a lifetime, and it doesn't have to move much to speak volumes.


His spare performance saves the film from sinking beneath the weight of its director's desire to make his point. R


"?Kathryn Jenson White 


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