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30-Second Review of "Unbroken"

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Saw an advanced screening of Unbroken last night. My movie review: not nearly as good as the incredible book but worth seeing. Angelina Jolie does great job directing, and Jack O’Connell as Louis Zamperini is fantastic. Book readers need to adjust their expectations as one contrived scene takes away from the overall feeling.

But I’ll say this: I didn’t look at my watch once. The movie flew by. (Thank goodness it’s not another three-hour movie—it’s only 2 hours, 17 minutes.) It is NOT appropriate for kids under 15—lots of violence. I definitely covered my eyes many times.

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From 2002 to 2007, Ms. Williams served as Director of Operations for Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), where she helped manage and collect 60 percent of the nation’s tolls—$2.7 billion a year—including the majority of the E-ZPass network. Prior to joining ACS, from 1995 to 2002, she was a partner in the worldwide management consulting firm Oliver Wyman.

Ms. Williams is very active in the community and serves on the board of directors of multiple organizations including the University of Maryland College Park Foundation (where she also chairs the Board of Visitors for the School of Journalism), Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences, the City and Regional Magazine Association, Ford’s Theater, the Aspen Institute Socrates Society, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and The Merrill Family Foundation. She is a member and former chapter chair of YPO (Young President’s Organization) as well as an active member of the Cornell University Council, the Economics Club of Washington and the Federal City Council. She has appeared on CNN, the Today Show, CNN Headline News, FOX, MSNBC, as well as other local Washington stations.

She holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.

Ms. Williams resides in Washington, DC, with her two sons. She enjoys sailing, skiing, and travel.