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Doug & The Movies: 'Inglourious Basterds'

Doug & The Movies: 'Inglourious Basterds'

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Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino trains his sights on World War II for his newest effort, "Inglourious Basterds," starring Brad Pitt.

This film opens with "Once Upon a Time in Occupied France..." and continues a World War II fantasy that features Brad Pitt as Lt. Aldo Raine, leading a hand-picked group of Jewish soldiers whose only mission is to kill Nazis.

But the mission is actually a little more than that. This group is charged with not only killing, but terrifying the enemy with their ferociousness and brutality, and that's where the Tarantino signature is crystal clear. As Raine's reign of terror intensifies, it comes to the attention of the Fuhrer himself who directs that all stops be pulled to get these guys.

Tarantino delivers agonizing tension that rivals Hitchcock, delicious dark humor and performances that are amazing. The most chilling comes from Christoph Waltz. Now, be aware, this is classic Tarantino with graphic violence, loads of language and some sexuality. By the way, remember the tag line here: "Once Upon a Time in Occupied France." If you're looking for a history lesson in this film, you'll be disappointed.

I was actually a little surprised at how much I enjoyed this film. It's rated R. I give it 3 1/2 stars.

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