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DEC 4, 2009


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'The Messenger'

Why: The Messenger—a commendably understated Iraq war picture about a two-man "casualty notification team" tasked with delivering bad news to unsuspecting families—is a subtle, honest affair, with funny moments matching painful ones pound for pound. Will Montgomery (a bulked-up Ben Foster) is a freshly returned vet, injured in the eyeball, assigned to casualty-notification service with Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson and his greatness and his very weird head). The two are on call, ready to ruin lives at a moment's notice. "There's no such thing as a satisfied customer," says Stone, with brutal military efficiency. Ha-ha... ha? (See Movie Times: thestranger.com/film.)

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