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Wag the Dog
USA 1997
Directed by Barry Levinson
Running time 97 minutes

2 stars

Levinson is a studio director responsible for a lot of forgettable big budget product and the occasional interesting film. Unfortunately this lame satire falls into the first category. Despite being skilfully-made with an all-star cast it's dully predictable, repetitious and thematically underdeveloped. Only Dustin Hoffman as the Jewish producer saves it from oblivion. For a far more effective variant on the theme of media manipulation and political skullduggery see Mike Nichols' Primary Colours (1998). BH




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