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THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND On DVD April 17

Everyone saw Forest Whitaker win the Oscar for Best Actor, but few saw his performance onscreen. Now, at home, viewers can see what all the fuss was about. They'll find that Idi Amin Dada, the Ugandan dictator Whitaker plays with charismatic power, is a secondary character in this fact-based drama about a Scottish doctor (James McAvoy) testing his scruples against the seductions of power. The film replays the old Graham Greene trope of Europeans acting out their fascination and guilt amid Third World chaos. In this case, that makes for a...

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