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‘Machine Gun Preacher” is extraordinary on two levels: First, it’s based on a true story about a man who went from a life of violent crime and drug addiction to building an orphanage in war-torn Sudan. And second, he did it all without looking at a computer screen, ever.

Okay, maybe the real Sam Childers tweets and scrolls an iPhone once in a while. But in “Machine Gun Preacher,” Childers — as portrayed by Gerard Butler — behaves as though his fingers have never tapped on a keyboard and the only thing the word Mac has ever conjured for him is a burger. Hairy and sweaty and sporting facial pores the size of saucers, Butler’s Childers is probably listed under “testosterone” in the dictionary. He’s an ape, but a wonderfully courageous and inspiring one.

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