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Oh Dear, Another Fallen Hero

Movies: ‘Flight’
Denzel Washington, in “Flight”

The damaged and compromised hero has dominated 21st-century cinema. It has spawned an entire decade of super-troubled-hero movies, led by “The Dark Knight” franchise, morally ambiguous Westerns, George Clooney and the latter-day Richard Gere.

“Flight,” the latest entry in the genre, could be a cautionary tale of the hazards of this brand of storytelling. An interesting, well-made and watchable movie, undeniably burnished by the star power of Denzel Washington, but it ends up like too many films I’ve seen lately, all dressed up with no place to go.

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