Jolie lingers on the beatings in 'Unbroken'

December 23, 2014 12:32 AM

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One of these days, Angelina Jolie might very well direct a great movie. She has a rare talent and intense concerns and interests. But first she is going to have to suppress some self-defeating impulses that have now twice taken potentially effective films and rendered them ridiculous.

Her first film, "In the Land of Blood and Honey," which she also wrote, turned the Bosnian war into a chamber drama about sadomasochism. Jolie didn't write "Unbroken," which was a good sign - the Coen brothers are among the four screenwriters who adapted Laura Hillenbrand's best-seller - and yet som...

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