November 13 & 14, 2010

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Rated R
108 minutes

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format: 35mm

The Informant! (2009)

November 13, 2010 at 7:00 and 10:00 pm in 26-100
November 14, 2010 at 7:00 and 10:00 pm in 26-100

Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon) was fast rising through the ranks at agro-industry powerhouse Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) when he became savvy to the company's multinational price-fixing conspiracy, and decided to turn evidence for the FBI. Convinced that he'll be hailed as a hero of the people for his efforts, Whitacre agrees to wear a wire in order to gather the evidence needed to convict the greedy money-grabbers at ADM. Unfortunately, both the case -- and Whitacre's integrity -- are compromised when FBI agents become frustrated by their informant's ever-shifting account, and discover that he isn't exactly the saintly figure he made himself out to be. Unable to discern reality from Whitacre's fantasy as they struggle to build their case against ADM, the FBI watches in horror as the highest-ranking corporate bust in U.S. history threatens to implode before their very eyes. Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, and Melanie Lynskey co-star. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. []

In adapting reporter Kurt Eichenwald's non-fiction account of Mark E. Whitacre, the corporate corn husker turned federal snitch, Soderbergh has given this incredible story exactly the amount of insanity it deserves.
      -- Peter Howell, Toronto Star. Read this review.

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