Disney does the desert, in a very early Reese Witherspoon drama, A Far Off Place. Ethan Embry is unrecognizable as the teen who treks with her and Xhabbo (Sarel Bok) some 1,000 miles across the African desert, on the run from poachers who killed her father. Why they avoid every sign of civilization is a mystery to me, but the yarn is a thrilling one, with the kids facing every obstacle imaginable en route to safety. Fun.
The true story of Lindy Chamberlain, a severe and embittered woman who was found innocent, then guilty, then innocent of murdering her child in the Australian outback in 1980. Her excuse: "The dingo took my baby." The case divided the nation of Australia for a decade, putting people in camps that believed the impossible -- that a wild dog ate a child -- or the unthinkable -- that her mother murdered her daughter. A Cry in the Dark is a tragic story that Meryl Streep (as Lindy) completely owns. But while it's very much a cautionary tale to keep your tent zipped up, the real moral of the story involves the crucial importance of being a sympathetic witness on the stand. Based on the book Evil Angels.