“In the Valley of Elah,” review by Maitland McDonagh

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Paul Haggis’ mystery about a father investigating the death of his son, whose murder took place in the U.S. but had its roots in Iraq, burns with the same righteous fury as CRASH (2004). But it’s mediated by Tommy Lee Jones’ ferociously restrained performance as a grieving, socially and politically conservative man who stumbles across a military cover-up that shakes him to his core beliefs. Read more

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Maitland McDonagh

Maitland McDonagh

Formerly TVGuide.com's senior movies editor/reviewer, Maitland McDonagh now has her own site, Miss FlickChick.com, and freelances for Film Comment, Time Out NY and other publications. She has written four books -- Broken Mirrors Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento, Filmmaking on the Fringe, The 50 Most Erotic Films of All Time and Movie Lust -- and contributed to many others, including Film Out of Bounds, Fantasy Females, The Last Great American Picture Show and Exile Cinema. Read McDonagh's recent artilces below. For her Women On Film archive, type "Maitland McDonagh" into the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).