The Kite Runner 

Reviewer's grade: B-

 

You would expect "The Kite Runner" to be a gut-wrenching cinematic experience. Based on Khaled Hosseini's runaway bestseller, its tale of childhood betrayal and adult redemption is played out amid a milieu of horrors committed by Afghanistan's Taliban regime. Moreover, the picture boasts a marquee director in Marc Forster, whose credits include "Finding Neverland" and "Stranger Than Fiction."

 

Sadly, the resulting film is bland and uninspired. Our protagonist is a writer named Amir (Khalid Abdalla), an Afghan

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