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Video Review: 'Weapons of Mass Distraction'

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In M*A*S*H scribe Larry Gelbart’s sophisticated black comedy, rival media barons Lionel Powers (Byrne) and Julian Messenger (Kingsley) lock horns in a bid for ownership of a Super Bowl-championship team. Blackmailing pols influential to the sale is only one tactic in what becomes an all-out war. By the end, everyone is bloodied and bowed, with kids lost, sex roles reversed, and reputations ruined in the way only tabloid-sleaze kings can. Smarter and more believable than Dynasty but just as scandal-rich, Weapons shows us and its stars — Kingsley revels in a natty bristle while Byrne goes for the boardroom-bedroom gusto — a campy good time. B+