Whiskey Tango Foxtrot ★★★½

It might be a marker of how much I’ve grown as a person but even me, as orthodox a white cishet male as you’re likely to come across, was put off by the throwaway transphobic joke in this one. I mean, that’s amid the general awfulness on display — ‘ha ha burkas’ and casting white actors in ethnic roles included.

Putting those poor choices aside, however, this story of war correspondents in mid-2000s Afghanistan is much stronger, and less sentimental, than its fish-out-of-water competition (A Hologram for the King, etc). It’s also shot with a vérité, propulsive style that evokes the adrenalin rush on which its subjects survive from day to day. More sensitive casting and judicious script editing would lift it higher in my estimation.