by Scoobie Davis
I went to see Gunner Palace--even though I didn't have the cash to spare. Partisans on either side of the Iraq War debate won't find any ammo. It's a slice-of-life film that looks at the day-to-day experiences of American soldiers who are in the areas around Baghdad. It shows the stressful lives of soldiers who aren't sure if the bag they pass on the road is full of garbage or is an IED (improvised explosive device) that could kill them. Some critics might not like the film's dearth of structure but it's definitely worth watching. Quick note: there are some very talented musician-soldiers over there. Eight out of ten stars.