Screened Out – Bridge of Spies

By : Stephen Miller
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Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Billy Magnussen, Austin Stowell, Will Rogers

Steven Spielberg shows that Cold War espionage films can still be entertaining. In Bridge of Spies, Spielberg borrows from a true story, combining a John le Carre thriller with a Frank Capra courtroom drama. What he creates is a slightly imperfect, very American film that still is deeply gratifying.

In 1957, Rudolf Ivanovich Abel (Rylance) was arrested in New York City on charges of conspiracy and spying. A British-born Russian émigré, Abel served in the Soviet military before and during World War II. After the war, Abel began working for the KGB in the US; there is no doubt about this.

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Screened Out – Birdman

By : Stephen Miller
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Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan

Birdman is weird and wonderful, the most inventively constructed film of the year. It’s fearless filmmaking at its best.

Yet people will rush to scream, “Don’t tell us how it’s made!” Some filmgoers never want to contemplate the brilliant mechanics behind their entertainment; they believe that analyzing takes them out of the story, the magic. Well, the genius, mesmerizing and hilarious Birdman proves them all wrong. It’s strange stuff, and the architecture is enchanting.

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