'Zero Dark Thirty'

Rooted in the 10-year hunt for 9/11 architect Osama bin Laden, this is director Kathryn Bigelow's first work since her Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker," another cut at that region. The story is even more intense as it examines how the consequences of the Middle East conflict drive those on the ground. Jessica Chastain's performance is worth its weight in gold.
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