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Movie review: State of Play -- 4 out of 5 stars

Movie review: State of Play -- 4 out of 5 stars

As dense as a Watergate era newspaper and as immediate as a blog, State of Play is an absolutely riveting state-of-the-art "big conspiracy" thriller. It's an often brilliant collision of political scandal, murder, a privatizing military and the rapidly evolving journalism that may (or may not) remain democracy's watchdog once newspapers, "instant history," are rendered history by a culture that has abandoned them. An all-star cast headed by Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck Americanizes (somewhat) and gives the Hollywood touch to what began life as a terrific BBC-TV thriller in 2003. It's the story of a scruffy but accomplished reporter (Crowe) using and...

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