Jon Stewart's humor leavens tough-minded 'Rosewater'

November 13, 2014 8:22 PM

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Stewart's foray into screenwriting and directing takes him far afield from his duties as host of The Daily Show (which plays a small but key role in the movie), and it's an impressive and ambitious venture (* * * ½ out of four; rated R; opens Friday in select cities).

Rosewater is based on journalist Maziar Bahari's 2011 memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival,about his arrest on trumped-up spy charges and subsequent 118 days in solitary confinement in an Iranian prison where he was tortured and interrogated.

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