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Two 9/11 Movies

In today's New York Sun, I take a look at two new 9/11 movies: Oliver Stone's World Trade Center and the indie Great New Wonderful.

For those who were worried about Oliver Stone doing a 9/11 movie ... put your mind at ease. There isn't a political or anti-Bush frame in the entire film (which comes out in August, but which was screened for some journalists in Manhattan on Friday). As I go into a bit in the piece, I don't think it's a particularly good movie (it's sort of 9/11 by way of Michael Bay), but it's harmless enough and perhaps just one of a number of "reenactment" type films Hollywood will come up with before filmmakers feel they can say something of substance about that day.

Far more enjoyable than Stone's film was the intimate Great New Wonderful. That's in theaters now -- though, not in many of them. It's about 9/11 in only the most glancing way, but the overarching theme is New Yorkers coping with an unspoken grief in September of 2002. It's also, strangely enough, extremely funny.

One other note: Both films star Maggie Gyllenhaal, for some reason.