Judging from the small audience at the screening of "In the Valley of Elah" I attended, and its limited release 326 theaters, Paul Haggis's masterpiece isn't going to be around very long. Perhaps Americans are put off by the title Elah is the valley where David fought Goliath or maybe we're not ready for such an unsparing look at the consequences of the Iraq war. But don't worry, if you don't get to see "In the Valley of Elah" before it closes, you'll probably get another chance early in 2008, after the Academy Award nominations are announced.
Bob Burnett is a Berkeley writer. In a previous life he was one of the executive founders of Cisco Systems.
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