Television: Damsels Still In Distress

There's no saving these two opportunistic movies about the year's most famous females in peril

Whether you believe that the phrase "true-life TV movie" is an absurdity depends on how you define "true" and "life." These quickie pics are often based on disputed facts, made without knowledge of crucial events and tarted up with invented scenes. But between the lines, they do capture the epic, true-life struggle of programmers to be the first to get these stories on air, access or no access, facts or no facts.

Anyone half familiar with the capture and rescue of Private First Class Jessica Lynch in Iraq or the kidnapping and rescue of Elizabeth Smart, for instance, will not learn...

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