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Film, "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy": An Atmospheric Return to the Cold War

"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy": An Atmospheric Return to the Cold War

John le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the 1974 spy novel generally regarded as the writer's finest, is predicated on a pair of enigmatic personalities: the colorless bureaucratic master-spook George Smiley and the double agent the Soviets have planted near…
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Film, Kicking ass for Jesus: <i>The Book of Eli</i> is a little warped

Kicking ass for Jesus: The Book of Eli is a little warped

Directors Allen and Albert Hughes were raised by an Armenian mother and African-American father. With such a background, it would be difficult not to have feelings about the church. Their fourth film, The Book of Eli, centers on the Christianity that was at the margins of their previous films — hypocritically misused by Bokeem…
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Film, Tone Deaf

Tone Deaf

Ed Harris as Beethoven? The man who would be John Glenn is hardly the most instinctive choice to play the legendary composer, especially if you recall Gary Oldman's performance in Immortal Beloved. Oldman embodied the maestro. Still, as Jackson Pollock…
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Reel World

Made in Britain "Anybody can get a film made," Tim Roth proclaimed with a crooked half-smile. "Steal a credit card; break into a Kodak warehouse. But try getting the fucker distributed. That's impossible." Roth lit yet another cigarette. "Distribution is…
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