United 93, Paul Greengrass’s depiction of the 9/11 jetliner whose passengers rose up against its hijackers and crashed it into a field in Pennsylvania, is a movie less interesting in itself than in the questions of intention and reception that surround it. Why do we need a movie like this? One asks this all the time about bad movies, of course; but United 93 is not a bad movie, and so the question isn’t merely rhetorical. What is the...

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Rand Richards Cooper, one of Commonweal's film critics, is the author of two works of fiction, The Last To Go and Big as Life.