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Movies: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
Jessica Chastain as Maya in “Zero Dark Thirty”

Kathryn Bigelow’s film, “Zero Dark Thirty,” about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, has generated a great deal of outrage over its treatment of torture: Bigelow has been likened more than once to Leni Riefenstahl, the filmmaker associated with Hitler, for justifying, whitewashing or apologizing for the Bush Administration’s use of waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation” strategies. I’ve even seen writers I respect criticizing it without actually seeing it, or urging others not to see it because, by spending our $10 on it, we’d be sending our approval of torture out to the world.

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