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 – The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

By : Stephen Miller
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Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Dev Patel, Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Penelope Wilton, Celia Emrie, Lillette Dubey, Tena Desae, David Strathairn

Everything about this light comedy feels like the second time around – equally as charming and choppy as the first. Like the shaky Indian hotel that started the films, it hopes to skate by on good will rather than sound structure.

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Screened Out – The Judge

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Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Dax Shepard

At one point, a tornado arrives to metaphorically mirror the emotional storm of the Packer home. Right then, one thing becomes abundantly clear; in any lesser hands, The Judge would be wobbly melodrama – over-ripe, over-written, and over-bloated.

However, this flick is likely to be very popular. Primarily, we are rewarded with Downey and Duvall verbally sparring with exceptionally cruel, witty one-liners. Legendary cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List) always finds the beautiful shot, and Thomas Newman (American Beauty, Finding Nemo) provides a charming score.

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