Guardsmen have a gun in one hand, a minicam in the other

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August 04, 2006|By MICHAEL SRAGOW | MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Before seeing The War Tapes, I thought the highest compliment one could pay a documentary for visceral impact and vivid insights was to say it has "you-are-there immediacy."

But The War Tapes brings you so close into the mind-sets of three radically different New Hampshire National Guardsmen in Iraq, and the women waiting for them back home, that it makes you profoundly conscious that you're not there, and they are. It's an experience that blows your mind, clears it and educates it.

The War Tapes (Sen/Art and Scranton/Lacy Films) Starring Zack Bazzi, Mike Moriarty, Steve Pink. Directed by Deborah Scranton. Not rated, but contains graphic war images. Time 96 minutes.

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