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Nothing But The Truth

17 December 2008 9:58 AM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

From his first film, the ludicrous nuclear arms-race thriller Deterrence, entertainment journalist turned writer-director Rod Lurie has specialized in hyperbolic message fare with a political bent, including The Contender, The Last Castle, and the TV series Commander-In-Chief. Though subtlety still eludes him, Lurie's skills as a dramatist have slowly improved, and Nothing But The Truth, his irresistible alternate take on the Valerie Plame case, show signs that the depth of his thinking, too, has gotten better in kind. Taking pains to make clear that the film is inspired by actual events rather than based on them, Lurie deviates substantially from the Plame/Judith Miller/Scooter Libby affair in order to critique a government and a society that's increasingly eager to eliminate protections for journalists unwilling to give up their sources. For those who don't remember, the leak of Valerie Plame's position as a CIA operative came after her husband, »

- Scott Tobias

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12 December 2008 12:57 AM, PST | | See recent New York Post news »

Unless you've seen Robert Wise's original semi-documentary "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951), you'd never suspect the utterly generic remake was based on a seminal sci-fi classic.

This version stars a somnolent Keanu Reeves (is that redundant?) as an alien visitor and Jennifer Connelly - essentially reprising her role from "The Hulk" - as a hot scientist who helps Reeves make mankind realize the dangers of global warming.

Why would extraterrestrials care about global warming, anyway? In the original, the more credible threat was nuclear proliferation, »


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