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With its crew of surgical hotshots issuing directives in hipster slang (”All quiet on the Western front — let’s zap him!”), Article 99 would love to be a muckraking M*A*S*H . Yet the movie, which has a live-wire surface energy and an urgent performance by Liotta, is a shallow, tabloid expose. The hospital here is a cartoon of bureaucratic inefficiency: It’s so badly run that the patients seem lucky if they can get an aspirin. I don’t mean to trivialize the crisis in veterans’ health care — it’s an outrage that has dragged on for years — but Article 99 is more interested in tapping our collective adolescent self-righteousness than it is in showing us how a veterans’ hospital actually functions (or doesn’t function). In the ridiculous, shoot-the-works finale, the villainous hospital chief (John Mahoney) is exposed and reprimanded by a high-ranking Washington official. Didn’t it occur to the filmmakers that it’s the government’s policy — and not some hog-tied administrator — that’s responsible for the situation they so glibly assail? C

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