The Lions Roar

Know anyone in this photo? Three legends and one critic talk film and politics

Robert Maxwell for TIME

Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Robert Redford.

Lions For Lambs is a small, bold, very political film with three of the biggest stars of the past 20, 30 and 40 years: Tom Cruise, 45; Meryl Streep, 58; and Robert Redford, 70. The movie comprises three conversations that take place simultaneously and, more or less, in real time. In Washington, a Republican Senator (Cruise) reveals a new wrinkle in the war on terrorism to a skeptical journalist (Streep). In Southern California, a college professor (Redford) tries to prod a restless student (Andrew Garfield) from apathy to engagement. In Afghanistan, two of the teacher's former students (Derek Luke and Michael...

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