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RENDITION: Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon (Directed by
Gavin Hood; Written by Kelley Sane; New Line) The U.S. policy of abducting terrorist suspects, secretly transporting them to countries where torture is the favored tool for interrogation, and imprisoning them for prolonged periods is known as Extraordinary Rendition. The covert practice, much to the displeasure of the Bush administration, has recently been exposed and well documented by the press. And, not too surprisingly, more than one of these torture victims have been proven innocent beyond all doubt. Set in the Middle East, “Rendition” top-lines Jake Gyllenhaal as an idealistic CIA analyst who is shocked when he discovers, first-hand, the brutal methods employed by secret-police interrogators. Gavin Hood, the man responsible for “Tsotsi," the powerful South African film about a vicious thug who hooks up with the child of a woman he has savagely slain, is the director of this sure-to-be-controversial thriller. To read about other new Jake Gyllenhaal films, click here and browse the G page of STAR TURNS. Opening date to be announced