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WAR TORN

Sgt. Brandon King (Ryan Phillippe) had been a good soldier, fought the good fight, done everything his Army and his country had asked. He held up his side of the bargain.

Stop-Loss, a harrowing, emotional indictment of a war that has divided this country like no conflict since Vietnam, delves into what happens when the country doesn't do as well by its soldiers as they do by it. The latest in a long line of films that goes back to Hal Ashby's 1978 Coming Home (and even, in some ways, to William Wyler's 1946 The Best Years of Our Lives), it asks hard questions about the price that fighting men and women are asked to pay, and dismisses any suggestion that the answers will come easy.

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Stop-Loss (Paramount Pictures) Starring Ryan Phillippe, Channing Tatum, Abbie Cornish. Directed by Kimberly Peirce. Rated R for graphic violence and rough language. Time 111 minutes.


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