Jonathan Demme's spectacular recovery from THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE (2002), a disastrous deconstruction of CHARADE (1963), is a smart, timely remake of John Frankenheimer's 1962 thriller. Frankenheimer's CANDIDATE is a very nearly perfect adaptation of Richard Condon's 1959 novel, but Demme's retooling is a fine and thought-provoking film in its own right. Kuwait, 1991: Capt. Bennett Marco (Denzel Washington), Sgt. Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber) and their platoon are ambushed and are MIA for three days. All but two of the men later make their way back to safety and Shaw is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on the battlefield. In the presen...