Rosewater ★★★★½

Jon Stewart makes a confident and self-assured directorial debut with ROSEWATER. The true life story is about an Iranian born Newsweek journalist, Maziar Bahari, who lives in London who while doing a story on the 2009 Iranian elections is held and tortured for being a spy. One of the reasons that Stewart directed the film is most certainly because of the personal ties that he has to the story. After all, Bahari was held on grounds of being a spy partially because of a clip from The Daily Show. Obviously, the Iranian government does not get satire. Stewart makes the story vital and sucks the viewer in. There are not a lot of stars in the film besides Bahari played with great charisma and humor even under the most dire circumstances by Gael Garcia Bernal. Add a cameo from The Daily Show's Jason Jones and you have the two most recognizable actors to a North American audience. Perhaps, this is why this film is not talked about more. ROSEWATER is not a minor film but one that deserves notice and attention. Do not let this one slip through the cracks. If you get a chance to see this on the big screen, take it. This is one of the best films of 2014.