THE MAURITANIAN MOVIE REVIEW
Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) are lawyers who take the case of Guantanamo Bay detainee (on spec), Mohamedou Ould Stahi (Tahar Rahim). For those folks out there who’ve had their ears plugged going LALALALALALALALA for a decade or so, prisoners in this Cuban stationed military facility were held without charges being pressed, were extensively tortured in ways that the Geneva convention specifically forbids, and Mohamedou in particular was stuck like this for FOURTEEN YEARS. Nancy and Teri aren’t even sure that he’s actually innocent of the charges of being the recruiter for Al Qaeda during 9/11 but they are sure that the situation he’s been in damn sure isn’t what America is about, regardless of the need for vengeance. Their opposition is headed by Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch) and even he smells something foul in the air. But does this new drama play out as Oscar bait or as a genuinely moving work of art? Chris, Jena, Frank, and Jordan are here to press these charges.
DIRECTED BY: Kevin Macdonald
STARRING: Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, Shailene Woodley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Levi, Saamer Usmani, Corey Johnson, Stevel Marc, Nezar Alderazi, Clayton Boyd, Francis Chouler, Toni Jean Erasmus, Arthur Falko, Davin Fynn, Melissa Haiden, Evan Hengst, Robert Hobbs
Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)
Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal” turned into a full-time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.
Jena Perry (Screener Squad)
Jena Perry. Aka Luna. Aka Dion. Aka Memori. Aka Dog whisperer. Aka whiskey connoisseur. As you can see, depending on when you met this Oakland, California native, you have experienced a completely different person, each time. After finally deciding on a 13+year career choice as a Videographer and Radio Personality, Jena balances her time between pursuing her Doctorate in Philosophy, providing insightful and funny critiques on films and Television, raising her daughter and dog in Ohio, and constantly fighting off the existential dread that is being a dope black woman in America in the 20th century.
Jordan Cobb (Screener Squad)
Born with a comic book in one hand, a camera in the other, and in front of the television as WrestleMania played out, Jordan Worth Cobb was thus birthed into this crazy world. A Digital Filmmaking major from the University of Central Arkansas, Jordan has done it all in film from directing, writing, editing, and producing in addition to skills involved in film and TV criticism, journalism, and years of podcasting experience. On any given day, her ADHD riddled brain bounces focus from film to pro wrestling to TV to superheroes to noir to video games to espionage and yes, even to sports. She played little league you know. For more of this eccentric nerd, you can follow her on Twitter here and read her original writings on Deepest Corners of My Notebook.
Frank Calvillo (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)
Born and raised in South Texas, Frank currently lives in Austin and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. After writing for Sight & Sound and Slackerwood, he now writes for Cinapse where his increasingly random taste in all flavors of cinema (from Rashomon to Mars Attacks!) continues to thrive. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.
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