Body of Lies: Leonardo of Arabia

In the spy thriller Body of Lies, Ridley Scott and two big stars tackle the war on terrorism

Ferris (DiCaprio) is on-site; Hoffman (Crowe) plays backseat driver.

Dutifully, they lined up to Enlist in Liberal Hollywood's answer to the war on terrorism, and one by one, last year's political movies were mowed down by audience indifference. Oscar-winning actors could not lure moviegoers to see Lions for Lambs, In the Valley of Elah or Rendition; viewers figured the films were a cross between a harangue and homework. Not many more people came when producers tried crossbreeding hot-spot intrigue with familiar genres. The Kingdom, a Jamie Foxx action picture set in Saudi Arabia, and Charlie Wilson's War, with Tom Hanks in an upbeat comedy about Afghanistan, earned the stars some...

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