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'Joe's War' takes a simplistic look at a Marine's post-traumatic stress disorder

'Joe's War' takes a simplistic look at a Marine's post-traumatic stress disorder

At the center of "Joe's War" is a Marine (Michael Markiewicz) who has completed tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. Although he returns home to Staten Island, N.Y., physically unscathed, he's a changed man for having witnessed several comrades fall.

He's lost interest in marrying his girlfriend, Sarah (Tina Grimm), hanging with pals and in playing hockey. Indeed, he's lost interest in life in general. He spends much of his waking hours knocking back drink after drink, as unbearable flashbacks to the battlefields come at the most inopportune times — like during sex and in the middle of a job interview. Those around Joe show such little concern; they don't even...

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