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Why It Works: American History X


Buckle up, kids; this one could get a little bumpy. I count AMERICAN HISTORY X among my favorite films, and yet before preparing for this column, it may have been a decade or so since the last time I sat down with it. Tony Kaye's film (or rather not his film, but we'll get into that later) takes an uncomfortable look at some very nasty people, gives us little in the way of a traditional plot, and leaves us with one hell of a punch to the gut before the credits roll.

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