'Rosewater' struggles with dramatic vision

November 13, 2014 5:51 PM

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In his first movie as a director, Jon Stewart has made things easy on himself, but he's also made things hard. The easy part is that he has made a movie that mostly involves just two people in a room talking. The hard part is that it's very difficult to make that kind of movie interesting.

"Rosewater" is based on the prison memoir of Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist who got into trouble, not only for filming government murders on the streets of Tehran (which he did), but for something completely ridiculous: While on assignment in Iran for Newsweek, he gave an interview to...

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