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Revisiting the Coens' 'Burn After Reading'

The Coens' A Serious Man is a more successful attempt at putting across some of the same ideas that Burn After Reading gestures toward -- exploring whether stories have inherent meanings, or whether these are imposed institutionally or individually after the fact -- and is much funnier too.

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Burn After Reading

Ozzie (John Malkovich) embodies the problem of the CIA, of the "intelligence community," which is that it reacts to data, then fashions a story about it to comport with the reaction.

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