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In typical George Lucas fashion, “Red Tails” is brimming with visual mastery, yet arrives a little light when it comes to searing drama. Bringing the tale of the Tuskegee Airmen to the big screen, Lucas keeps the human elements distractingly simplistic, creating an earnest but often ridiculous portrait of wartime racism and fighter pilot instability. Soaring into the skies, the movie comes alive, taking full advantage of the producer’s interest in digital effects, bringing a visceral push to the dogfight sequences, which are worth the price of admission alone to witness. “Red Tails” is a middling effort with a talented cast, perhaps two rewrites away from greatness. What’s onscreen has moments of grandeur, but there’s not enough to communicate the reverence Lucas clearly feels for this story. Read the rest at


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