Somehow, 'The Secret of Kells' slipped into the mix among the likes of 'Up,' 'Coraline,' 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' and 'The Princess and the Frog' among the nominees for Best Animated Feature. The French/Belgian/Irish production tells the story of the boy behind the mythic Book of Kells, not at all familiar to audiences on this side of the pond. Grade: A.
This adaptation of Rajiv Chandrasekaran's book 'Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone' follows Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) as he and his team search for weapons of mass destruction and end up exposing a massive and damaging cover-up that, while fictionalized here, feels like non-fiction with a heaping dose of action heroics thrown into the mix for good measure. Grade: A-.