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Beirut movie review: an American man finds absolution in the messy Middle East

MaryAnn’s quick take… A same-old story of a white man’s angst, set against the “exotic” backdrop of 1980s war-torn Beirut. This brand of Hollywood myopia is tired, uninteresting, and no longer acceptable. I’m “biast” (pro): love Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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These days, if you’re gonna appropriate another culture and whitewash whatever story you’re setting there, you sure as hell had better have a downright exceptional story to tell. Beirut is not a downright exceptional story. It is a same-old-shit story of a white man’s pain and angst, fueled primarily by the death of his wife because that’s what wives are mostly for in movies, that wonders whether he can find redemption. This is set against the

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