About a month or so ago, this writer sat down to watch Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba as a charismatic commandant who leads a group of child soldiers in a civil war in an unnamed African country.  It’s another in a long line of Western-made films about war in foreign lands.  That’s not automatically a bad thing, and Beasts is a good film (it is exquisitely crafted and brilliantly performed, and at times very evocative), but it does come with its own pitfall that the film neither transcends nor attempts to redress...

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