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JFK 
A shooter from the grassy knoll??
4/4 stars

JFK is a film directed by Oliver Stone that examines the events leading to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and alleged subsequent cover-up, through the eyes of former New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (played by Kevin Costner). Garrison filed charges against New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw (Tommy Lee Jones) for his alleged participation in a conspiracy to assassinate the President. Stone described his fictionalized film as a "counter-myth" to the "myth" of the Warren Commission. I have been a fan of Oliver Stone's ever since I saw Platoon. However I don't think Stone has ever been quite as brilliant as with JFK. It combines a great screenplay, cinematography and perfect performances from all the actors. I think Oliver Stone works best when he has a point to make (perhaps the shortcoming of the rather disappointing "The Doors" of '91)and here he has quite a point to make. Though you don't have to accept the movie's explanation of the assassination you must at least respect Stone in his search for the truth. JFK also touts an All-Star cast and comes in at #21 on my Top Movie List..


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