Virtually Maria (Virtual Trilogy)
As a great fan of Aaron Sorkin, the man who wrote West Wing, I was delighted to hear that he had penned the script for this Tom Hanks / Julia Robers vehicle that tells the story of how one slightly seedy US politician managed to engineer the defeat of the entire Russian army in Afghanisan.
The script (as you would expect from Aaron Sorkin) is intelligent and fast paced. Tom Hanks is excellent as the playboy politician who suddenly realises he can actually make an impact on the world, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman's cynical CIA superspy is a joy to behold (watch out for the glass panel scene at CIA Langley!!).
What is also notable about this movie is that it contains the serious and sobering message that, having spent billions to get the Russians out of Afghanistan, no money was allocated to rebuild the country afterwards - leaving the people at the mercy of religious fundamentalists and triggering the mess that the world is in now.
A movie to enjoy and to learn from at the same time.