The controversial, impeccably made “Zero Dark Thirty” chronicling the hunt for Osama Bin Laden begins with a dark screen. As we hear alarmed voices crying out we realize it’s 9-11. Cut to scenes of a terrorist suspect subjected to various tortures—waterboarding, sleep deprivation, confinement in a small box—all in disturbing close-ups. CIA agent Maya observes, reacts, and comments.
"Rust and Bone" is a suggestive, curious title for an unusual film. Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard stars as Stéphanie, an orca whale trainer involved in a horrific accident. In a parallel and soon intersecting plotline, Matthias Schoenaerts is Ali, an unemployed, single father struggling to keep his and his five-year-old son Sam's lives on track.
Immigrants have left for the U.S. for decades, pursuing a better life. Appropriately and also a bit ironically, the film titled A Better Life depicts the tough reality of that pursuit for hard-working gardener Carlos Galindo and his 14-year-old son Luis. After seven years in East L.A. illegally, Carlos reaches a difficult turning point.