This author's description of the latest Hollywood propaganda production, Zero Dark Thirty, fits the typical use of films to indoctrinate Americans in Empire practices, values, and policies. After viewing the film, she interviews other people filing out of the cinema to get their opinions about the film. She found some disturbing reactions. Such productions are seen by many naive patrons as presenting actual history.
...here you have the point of this highly ideological film: to make acceptable, or perhaps "complicated," to people who consider themselves progressive the acts of this empire, to celebrate revenge against "America's enemies," to get you to sympathize with the criminal monsters who are carrying out these acts and to cheer for the "protection of the homeland," no matter the price. "For god and country," says the Navy SEAL after killing Osama bin Laden.