American security guard Richard Jewell (Paul Walter Hauser) saves thousands of lives from an exploding bomb at the 1996 Olympics, but is vilified by journalists and the press who falsely report that he was a terrorist.
Paul Walter Hauser,
Two young British privates during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldier's brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap.
Hal, wayward prince and heir to the English throne, is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father dies. Now the young king must navigate palace politics, the war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life.
THE REPORT is a thriller based on actual events. Idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program created in the aftermath of 9/11. Jones' relentless pursuit of the truth leads to findings that uncover the lengths to which the nation's top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a shocking secret from the American public. THE REPORT is written and directed by Scott Z. Burns, and the film also stars Jon Hamm, Sarah Goldberg, Michael C. Hall, Douglas Hodge, Fajer Kaisi, Ted Levine, Jennifer Morrison, Tim Blake Nelson, Linda Powell, Matthew Rhys, T. Ryder Smith, Corey Stoll, and Maura Tierney.
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I followed this story closely when it was current. It interested me so much because, as a grad student in Psychology in the '60s, I often thought that some of my colleagues would have jumped happily at the chance to become monsters like Mitchell and Jessen. That said, I have reservations about seeing this story as a dramatic film with major stars. The same dialogue that so skillfully at least touches upon every relevant point, comes off as somewhat artificial. We, the public, are not accustomed to such fidelity to the facts in a dramatic film. Hence, the lessons are too easy to dismiss. (For similar reasons, I preferred the recent RBG documentary to ON THE BASIS OF SEX.) A related development just outside the scope of this film is the gyrations within the AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION caused by the "enhanced interrogation" scandal. Its ethical code was so vague that Mitchell and Jessen arguably had not violated it. Apparently, psychologists were available for dirty work physicians could not do because of the Hippocratic Oath.
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