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V for Vendetta

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A popcorn movie that preaches mass rebellion against the government--what's not to like? After milking The Matrix for two superfluous sequels, writer-producers Andy and Larry Wachowski adapt a 1989 graphic novel by David Lloyd and Alan Moore; set in a futuristic Great Britain, the movie follows a masked figure (Hugo Weaving) as he carries out a series of assassinations and tries to unite the cowed populace against a totalitarian national-security state. The swashbuckling first hour is superior to the second, which bursts at the seams with backstory, but a rousing climax makes this the most potent piece of agitpop in years. James McTeigue directed; with Natalie Portman, Stephen Rea, John Hurt, and Stephen Fry. R, 132 min. a Century 12 and CineArts 6, Chatham 14, Crown Village 18, Davis, Ford City, Gardens 7-13, Lake, Lawndale, Lincoln Village, Navy Pier, Norridge, River East 21, 62nd & Western, Village North, Webster Place.

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