Rated R · 157 minutes · 2013

Docudrama, Thriller
Director Kathryn Bigelow getting snubbed by Oscar for this taut, scary, intelligent movie about the war on terror and hunt for Osama bin Laden is a travesty. Well, it’s a travesty when it comes to movies and stuff, not so much in the grand scheme of things. Still, Bigelow deserves praise for putting together a film that is both an exciting political thriller and a terrific action movie. Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is deserving of the accolades as Maya, a composite character of CIA agents who managed to find bin Laden in Pakistan and end his life. The film contains scenes of torture, but it doesn’t feel “pro-torture” by any means. A great movie that will only get greater with time, and yet another reason to call Bigelow one of the best in the business.

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Official Site: zerodarkthirty-movie.com
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Producer: Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison, Colin Wilson, Greg Shapiro and Ted Schipper
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Edgar Ramirez, Chris Pratt, Reda Kateb, James Gandolfini, Harold Perrineau, Jeremy Strong, Fares Fares, Yoav Levi, Scott Adkins, Fredric Lehne, Mark Duplass, Stephen Dillane and John Barrowman



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Memphis Flyer Zero Dark Thirty Director Kathryn Bigelow’s grave, contentious hunt-for-Bin-Laden portrait is a must-see movie. by Chris Herrington 01/10/2013
Style Weekly Movie Review: "Zero Dark Thirty" This torturous thriller is an extraordinary rendition of history. by Wayne Melton 01/08/2013
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The Coast Halifax Zero Dark Thirty Complicated, fast-paced and nuanced by Molly Segal 01/10/2013
Arkansas Times The torture debate 'Zero Dark Thirty' presents it as dehumanizing, but necessary. by Sam Eifling 01/16/2013
East Bay Express Zero Dark Thirty Somebody had to do it. So she did. by Kelly Vance 01/02/2013
Boise Weekly Zero is a Hero but The Hobbit is Token Tolkien Zero Dark Thirty opens Friday, January 11. The Hobbit is now playing practically everywhere. by George Prentice 12/19/2012
Colorado Springs Independent Incendiary introspection: Zero Dark Thirty A lot of generally intelligent people have said a lot of dumb things about Zero Dark Thirty, all likely with the best of intentions. by Scott Renshaw 01/09/2013
Charleston City Paper Zero Dark Thirty deepens the moral complexity of finding Bin Laden A lot of generally intelligent people have said a lot of dumb things about Zero Dark Thirty, all likely with the best of intentions. Some have argued that it glorifies torture by showing how "enhanced interrogation methods" did in fact lead to key intelligence in the eventual mission to find and kill Osama bin Laden. Others have argued the exact opposite: that it clearly indicates torture failed as an intelligence-gathering technique. by Scott Renshaw 01/09/2013
Boise Weekly Hollywood's Deadly Dance Django Unchained, Gangster Squad and Zero Dark Thirty are all now playing in Boise. by George Prentice 01/09/2013
Creative Loafing Charlotte Zero Dark Thirty an assault on the senses Rating: ***1/2 by Matt Brunson 01/11/2013

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