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'Stonewall' tries but shortchanges pivotal gay rights moment

'Stonewall' tries but shortchanges pivotal gay rights moment

Viewers have several ways to approach director Roland Emmerich's "Stonewall," the latest cinematic look at the 1969 Stonewall riots, considered ground zero for the gay liberation movement and the fight for LGBT equality.

As a fact-meets-fiction snapshot of what life was like — legally, politically, emotionally, sexually — for gay men and women more than 45 years ago, the film is a vital, evocative reminder of a turbulent time that paved the way for hard-fought freedoms. For that alone, it's of value for younger audiences, gay or straight.

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