A good year for women on film, as exemplified in new releases The Eyes of My Mother, Miss Sloane, and more
Matthew Lickona 5 p.m., Dec. 9
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. 2013.