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'Rosewater' finds Jon Stewart in solidly serious mode

'Rosewater' finds Jon Stewart in solidly serious mode

Jon Stewart has made such a career out of mocking the news that it's a bit of a shock to find that "Rosewater," his debut film as a writer-director, is so earnest and straightforward you'd guess it was directed by Dan Rather and not the host of Comedy Central's congenitally irreverent "The Daily Show." Adapted from "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival," journalist Maziar Bahari's memoir of the 118 days he spent as a political prisoner in Tehran's dreaded Evin prison, "Rosewater" is by and large every bit as serious as its subject matter would indicate. And Stewart acquits himself...

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