Matthew Lickona 11:49 p.m., Dec. 10
Seated in a packed auditorium and just seconds away from receiving a prestigious award, a Palestinian doctor operating out of Tel Aviv takes a phone call from his wife. Upon returning home, he spies her purse and phone on the counter, thinks nothing of it, and heads to bed. Open on a pair of back-to-back lapses in logic and it’s going to take an Electrolux to suck me back in. Turns out wifey is a terrorist, and after hubby ID’s her remains, he steps up to investigate the origins of her martyrdom. Did I mention that he’s Muslim and she’s Christian? Don’t worry: writer-director Ziad Doueiri makes a point of it. Known more for the controversy it stirred — the Arab League called for a boycott — than its artistic aspirations, I would have been much happier if they did away with all of the obvious messaging and simply made a rousing genre picture titled I Married a Suicide Bomber from the Middle East.
— Scott Marks
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- Rated R | 1 hour, 42 minutes