Saturday, October 17, 2015
CIA operative Valerie Plame discovers her identity is allegedly leaked by the government as payback for an op-ed article her husband wrote criticizing the Bush administration.
Effective political drama based on a true case manages to tell the story straight and fairly simple, although it does heroize the two leads a bit; Watts and Pean, however, are in top form.
Maltin***: "Intimate, propulsive drama...reveals how these events affected their lives and threatened their marriage. Engrossing and credible; an especially fine showcase for Watts."
Friday, October 16, 2015
A young woman goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog.
Well-made adventure movie with a supberb Mia Wasikowska in the lead role with some beautiful landscape photography unfortunately fails to show the actual hardships of such a journey.
Maltin***1/2: "Absorbing, eye-filling dramatization...What seems like a story of survival and perseverance also becomes a journey of self-discovery for the stubborn loner, who is played to perfection by Wasikowska. Deeply felt screenplay by Marion Nelson, with great cinematography by Mandy Walker. An eminently satisfying movie."