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In polemical 'Hillary's America,' D'Souza rakes Clinton over long-cooled coals

In polemical 'Hillary's America,' D'Souza rakes Clinton over long-cooled coals
Mikaela Krantz as a young Hillary Clinton in "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party." (D'Souza Media)

Considering it's from the same individual responsible for "2016: Obama's America," it should come as no surprise that Dinesh D'Souza's "Hillary's America" is another shrewdly timed, heavy-handed agenda in the guise of a truth-seeking, nonfiction film.

But just like the avidly right-wing filmmaker's 2012 effort, which places second only to Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" among the all-time top-grossing political documentaries, his latest polemic doesn't even qualify as effectively executed propaganda.

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Subtitled "The Secret History of the Democratic Party," the rambling, overwrought diatribe begins with D'Souza's efforts to clear his own name — he was sentenced to eight months in a halfway house plus community service after being convicted on a campaign finance violation — contending that he was unfairly targeted by the subject of his prior "investigation."

D'Souza then points an accusing finger at liberals as a whole, branding Democrats as the true racist party of record, illustrating his claims with cheesy historical re-creations.

Although D'Souza doesn't even get around to tackling the woman of (dis)honor until well past the one-hour mark, he makes up for lost time by dragging out all the usual Clinton-era suspects, from Monica Lewinsky and Paula Jones to Whitewater.

Providing the only unifying through-line is the constant on-screen presence of D'Souza himself, who gives a certain candidate a run for his money when it comes to self-congratulatory smugness. D'Souza might be preaching to the choir, but at least this voter recruitment tool could have aspired to something more challenging than an amateurishly slapped-together rehash.

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'Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party'

MPAA rating: PG-13, for some violence, thematic elements and smoking

Running time: 1 hour, 46 minutes

Playing: In general release

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