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The Mauritanian (Dir. Kevin Macdonald, 2021, In theaters now) - A solid film about a horrific miscarriage of justice, THE MAURITANIAN is elevated by two passionate Golden Globe-nominated performances by Tahar Rahim as a Mauritanian man taken without explanation to Guantanamo Bay and kept as a prisoner for years and Jodie Foster as the lawyer working to set him free. The quality of the performances should come as no surprise though, as director Kevin Macdonald frequently elicits great work out of his casts (look no further than James McAvoy and an Oscar-winning Forest Whitaker in THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND or the cast of STATE OF PLAY). And, the haunting true story at its center makes THE MAURITANIAN ultimately worth seeing, a modern-day tragedy that brings shame to the United States, a country supposed to be a bastion of light and freedom. 3/4