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On the eve of Memorial Day – a day of remembrance for those lost in battle – HBO aired AIDS drama The Normal Heart, complete with an ad campaign that played to the idea that the early days of the AIDS crisis was a “war” (posters all over New York City read, “To win a war, you have to start one.”). The piece, which began its life three decades ago as a stark, confessional, furious play by AIDS activist Larry Kramer, arrived on screen with considerable fanfare thanks to the participation of Kramer (he wrote the screenplay), director Ryan Murphy (the controversial creative mind behind such buzzy shows as Glee, American Horror Story and Nip/Tuck), and Hollywood luminaries like Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, and Brad Pitt (whose Plan B production company produced the film). While the resulting film may itself be a bit scattershot, it is worth stepping back and remembering that The Normal Heart is, »

- Brian Juergens

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