By Owen Gleiberman
Updated November 19, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST
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Kevin Smith’s deliriously audacious, one-of-a-kind satirical passion play is as rascally in its glee as anything in Mad magazine, yet it’s also a searching meditation on faith in our time. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are bad-boy angels out to regain their place in heaven. Smith conjures up a bickering party of apostles, demons, and prophets, blending a seminarian’s fastidiousness with his own ragtag pop style—a fusion of comic books, Howard Stern, and amiably slovenly Gen-X ‘tude. The movie, in its very form, is a manic act of transubstantiation. By the end, the tensions have fused into a vision of transcendence and light. A-

Dogma

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