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The result is one of the finer pictures of 2007. Watch it and "The Kite Runner" and you'll be well caught up on recent Afghan history.

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Tom Hanks is always a reliable screen presence, but he is particularly dialed in for "Charlie Wilson's War," a dramatic comedy that sees him playing the real life Texas congressman famous for helping supply Afghan rebels with weaponry to fight the Soviet Union.

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Wilson isn't all fun and games, though. When he learns that hundreds of thousands of refugees are fleeing Afghanistan due to a Soviet invasion, he decides to do something about it Adidas Tech Super W Tropic Melon

It's to director Mike Nichols' credit that he sells Wilson's story as inspirational, yet closes with the acknowledgement that there was nothing perfect about America's covert involvement in the Soviet Afghan war. Appropriate because there's nothing perfect about Charlie Wilson, either by reputation or as portrayed by Hanks in the film.

keeps the action moving and he throws in comic moments whenever appropriate.

'Charlie Wilson's War' one of 2007's finer films

During his twenty some years in office, Wilson was recognized as a party boy, so much so that he earned the nickname "Good Time Charlie," and Nichols and Hanks make good use of the reputation. Wilson's first speaking lines Adidas Sl 72 Zappos

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At 97 minutes, "Charlie Wilson's War" is surprisingly short. Considering the complex political backdrop, the project was at risk of becoming a mundane history lesson, but Nichols doesn't allow that to happen. He offers just enough background to allow viewers even those who don't remember the Soviet Afghan conflict to climb on board. But he also Adidas Tech Super Collegiate Navy & Night Cargo

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With the benefit of hindsight, it's difficult to say whether Wilson is a hero or just another link in the chain that led to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But his story is fascinating regardless of one's political stance.

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come in a Las Vegas hot tub, where a stripper and her Adidas Tech Super D65892 sleazy promoter boyfriend are trying to convince him to fund a TV series. Wilson's not interested in the show, but the naked beauties in the tub have his attention.

Hanks isn't regularly portrayed as a womanizer, but he handles the role splendidly, winking at his attractive assistant (Amy Adams) and charming the pants off sometimes literally just about every other woman he meets.

and the rest of the film details his efforts. His actions are pushed by Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts), a Houston socialite who has taken a personal interest in the conflict, and he gets a helping hand from CIA agent Gust Avrakotos (Phillip Seymour Hoffman).

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