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Journalistic zeal resonates in Rob Reiner's 'Shock and Awe'

Journalistic zeal resonates in Rob Reiner's 'Shock and Awe'

The importance of journalistic integrity can’t be overstated these days, which is why for all its flaws “Shock and Awe,” like 2017’s far superior “The Post,” is worth seeing.

Still, if this swift, entertaining film, set during the post-9/11 run-up to the Iraq war, brashly leans left, it has history on its side as well as, it seems, the interests of our soldiers.

Despite an unfortunate reliance on exposition and on-screen identifiers, the script, by director Rob Reiner’s “LBJ” collaborator Joey Hartstone, engrossingly tracks how Knight Ridder newspaper reporters Jonathan Landay (“LBJ” star Woody Harrelson) and Warren Strobel (James Marsden) became known as the only...

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