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Cuba Gooding Jr. stars in this emotional World War II film

Wasn’t this the plan all along, for George Lucas to take his Star Wars billions and plough them back into brave, non-Hollywood projects?

In fact this too rare Lucas film effort is both brave and stultifyingly conventional (Lucas to a tee), a rousing story of black fighter-pilots in World War 2 that the studios wouldn’t touch, given a deadeningly straight forward treatment (“Gee, I was sure wrong about those black pilots,” the brick-subtle dialogue might as well read).

Shame, too, because the HBO-heavy cast is excellent and the aerial dogfighting (full circle for Lucas, WW 2 being his X-Wing inspiration) is true blockbuster standard.

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