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America, America

America, America

Call it star-spangled skepticism—there’s a whole host of movies in the collection that celebrate the United States by taking a hard, clear-eyed look at it. Uncompromising documentaries, historical dramas, surreal countercultural head trips: these are films that wrestle with the idea and reality of America, from the Civil War (Ride with the Devil) to the bicentennial (Dazed and Confused) to the contemporary political landscape (Tanner ’88).