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Full Metal Jacket by Stanley Kubrick (1987, 117 min.). A superb ensemble cast powers Kubrick’s brilliant saga about the Vietnam War and the dehumanizing process that turns people into trained killers. Kubrick’s intentional mismatch of pop songs and disturbing images—such as the scene in which the troops sing the “Mickey Mouse Club” theme song while marching in front of a burning village—makes the film a standout. “Kubrick’s harrowing, beautiful and characteristically eccentric new film . . . is going to puzzle, anger, and (I hope) fascinate audiences as much as any film he has made to date” (The New York Times).

FULL METAL JACKET (GB/USA 1987). Private Joker (Matthew Modine). © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.