The Hurt Locker: An elite bomb-dismantling squad winds down a tour of duty in Iraq. The film mostly restricts its focus to dramatizing the dirty work of a war zone, and that it does brilliantly.
- Kimberley Jones
In the Loop: British and American officials squabble in the run-up to the invasion of a certain unnamed Middle Eastern country. Not every joke hits its mark in this grim satire, but the film has devastating points to make about maneuvering bureaucrats, especially the kind who can get people killed.
- Kenneth Burns