“The Report” is an intriguing and political drama that focuses on the investigation that uncovered the CIA torture program during the Gulf War. Adam Driver stars as lead investigator Daniel Jones who spent years fighting to find the truth and then battling forces that tried to keep that truth under wraps. While the drama is somewhat reserved, it’s smartly written and involving.
You don’t have to be a race fan to enjoy “Ford v Ferrari,” but it sure helps. Matt Damon stars as the legendary car designer Carroll Shelby who, in 1966, recruits driver Ken Miles, played by Christian Bale, to help Ford defeat the Ferrari team in the grueling Le Mans Grand Prix race. There’s plenty of clashing egos, back-stabbing and testosterone-fueled action. While the movie has flaws, the cars speed past them in an entertaining petrol-headed blur.
“Gift” is a documentary inspired by the writing of Lewis Hyde that focuses on art as a philanthropic act and not as a commercial endeavor. Examples come from Burning Man, an occupied warehouse in Italy and from a community of the natives of Canada’s Pacific coast. “Gift” is sweet and very low-key.
“Warrior Queen of Jhansi” is a sadly pedestrian treatment of an amazing true story. In 1857 India, Rani Lakshmibai led an insurrection against the occupying British Empire that eventually led to the demise of the repressive British East Indian Company. It a dull historical epic.
Also opening this week, Ian McKellan and Helen Mirren star in the senior con artist drama, “The Good Liar.” Kristen Stewart stars in a reboot of the female private eye series, “Charlie’s Angels.” “Take Home Pay” is a Samoan/Kiwi comedy. “Line of Duty” is a police drama starring Aaron Eckart. “Radioflash” is a post-apocalyptic thriller involving virtual reality. “Immortal Hero” is a Japanese drama about a man whose life changes after a near-death experience.