W.

Rated PG-13 131 minutes 2008

In Oliver Stone’s take on the beleaguered George W. Bush, the president is not portrayed as deliberately evil. (That would be Dick Cheney, portrayed satanically by Richard Dreyfuss.) In this movie, Bush (played all too realistically by Josh Brolin) is evil by default. Oliver Stone’s W. is a charismatic simpleton who eventually becomes president due to some daddy issues and an unwavering desire to get out of his brother’s shadow. Whether or not you find this portrayal sympathetic or evil, Stone’s movie isn’t a warm hug for the outgoing president. It’s a swift kick in the ass, a middle finger in the man’s face. Brolin has a good shot at an Oscar nomination, which he deserves. The film’s major flaw is a terrible depiction of Condoleezza Rice by Thandie Newton. It’s like she showed up thinking she was in another movie.

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Official Site: www.wthefilm.com

Director: Oliver Stone

Producer: Moritz Borman, Bill Block, Paul Hanson, Eric Kopeloff, Matthew Street, Jon Kilik, Albert Yeung, Elliot Ferwerda, Johnny Hon, Teresa Cheung, Thomas Sterchi, Christopher Mapp, David Whealy, Peter Graves and Tom Ortenberg

Cast: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Richard Dreyfuss, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Scott Glenn, Ioan Gruffudd, Noah Wyle, Bruce McGill, Stacy Keach, Dennis Boutsikaris, Michael Gaston, Brent Sexton, Paul Rae, Rob Corddry, Marley Shelton, Jason Ritter and Colin Hanks

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