The Mauritanian

The Mauritanian

The titular character in The Mauritanian is a man named Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahir Rahim), who was arrested in the chaos after 9/11 as a terrorist, and tossed into the United States’ infamous offshore Guant√°namo prison. He, like hundreds of other international accused criminals, are left there to rot not just without trial, but without …

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The Looming Tower

In the late 1990s, the U.S. government was carefully watching the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda. The series of events started stacking up, from the 1998 bombings of U.S. Embassys in Kenya and Tanzania (killing over 200 people between them), to the attack on the USS Cole in the waters of Yemen, …

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The Hurt Locker

Director Kathryn Bigelow’s tale of an Iraq war bomb squad is a lesson in film editing for maximum impact. The Hurt Locker has the urgency of news footage (which isn’t surprisingly as the screenplay was written by journalist Mark Boal who was embedded with a special bomb unit in Iraq), and has the shaky intense …

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The Kite Runner

For such an immensely popular and acclaimed book, it was surprising that the film adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner crept into theaters with a whimper, then slunk away to a non-flashy DVD release. What went wrong here? This film should have been HUGE. It sure didn’t help that the filmmakers immediately got into …

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United 93

At first thought, I was expecting a totally tasteless disaster movie based on Flight 93 that was hijacked on 9/11/2001 and crashed (or shot down?) in a Pennsylvania field. Unless you were living in the bushes or lost on Gilligan’s Island, you already know the story of United 93. The movie was based on all …

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Dear John

Two very pretty young people meet cute on a gorgeous beach in a charming beach town in the Carolinas. Savannah (Amanda Seyfried) has flaxen hair and huge eyes and occasionally belts out ABBA tunes… no, wait, scratch that… wrong movie. Anyways, Savannah is lovely and sweet and good, and John (Channing Tatum) is manly and …

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A Mighty Heart

Angelina Jolie is (or can be) a very good actress. Angelina Jolie does a lot of great things with her celebrity. Alas, Angelina Jolie is also extremely overexposed in the media, to the point that, whether she likes it or not, it is difficult for the audience to separate the real woman from any characters …

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