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 Guantánamo prison. He, like hundreds of other international accused criminals, are left there to rot not just without trial, but without …

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During the pandemic, for whatever reason and perhaps against better judgement, I have watched many disaster movies. Perhaps it is to feel better knowing that things could be a lot worse, but the truth is they have made me feel perhaps more queasy than they would have under normal circumstances. This can be said of …

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The Report

The Report is literally about a 7,000 page report, which you see in physical context at one point: Two seemingly foot-high stacks of paper sit to both sides of investigator Dan Jones (Adam Driver) as he presents his shocking findings on the CIA’s illegal post-9/11 torture methods to the Senate Intelligence Committee. The report itself …

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Hotel Mumbai

In 2008, the bustling city of Mumbai, India was attached in a coordinated effort by a group of Pakistani terrorists that hit 12 targets throughout the city, ultimately killing at least 174 people. Four of the gunmen went to the luxurious Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, and Hotel Mumbai is a claustrophobic, horrifically detailed reenactment of …

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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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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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