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Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

JFK (1991)
Director: Oliver Stone. Cast: Kevin Costner, Sissy Spacek, Joe Pesci, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman

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Is there anyone out there who actually bought the Warren Commission report that concluded Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone? It's doubtful. And JFK makes the commission's conclusion all the more dubious. Despite criticism that he has attempted to rewrite history, Stone, who has never been known for his subtlety, has crafted an important, compelling docudrama that's jam-packed with fact, and yes, some fiction. JFK was released nearly 30 years after the assassination of Kennedy, and its major revelation is that the time is the greatest fertilizer for the human imagination. Stone's film did not set the record straight; he simply served to cloud the fuzzy images of that fateful day in Dallas even further.

Dave (1993)
Director: Ivan Reitman. Cast: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Ben Kingsley

An unexpected hit, the Capra-esque Dave won bipartisan praise. Though Kevin Kline's president initially recalled George Bush, he's beginning to show more shades of Bill Clinton. Presidential fill-in Dave Kovic assumes the job full time when a stroke puts the president in a coma. Dave warms the cold heart of the First Lady and pushes through a compassionate agenda.

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