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Byline: Jay Boyar
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FULL METAL JACKET
10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25
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"Full Metal Jacket," Stanley Kubrick's 1987 Vietnam War movie, breaks neatly into two sections.
Its first part, a horror story of military training, has a brilliance and brevity that bring to mind the chilling tales of Edgar Allan Poe. The rest of the film is more ambitious but less successful: It tries to be the definitive statement about not only the war in Vietnam but also about War.
That Kubrick comes up short in part two is not nearly so remarkable as his great success in part one. The first 45 minutes of "Full Metal …