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[Nyff Review] Bridge of Spies

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There are two sides to every conflict, and within each are intricacies and viewpoints that can cause either faction to erupt if the scales are tipped. The stakes for such a quarrel have rarely been higher than in the Cold War, a battle consisting of dueling ideologies rather than all-out warfare, one where a single word or gesture from a side could have unimaginable ripple effects. Despite the eventual outcome being apparent, Steven Spielberg rightfully found this sort of articulated combat to be ripe for drama in his latest film, Bridge of Spies.

Loosely based on a true story — with the timeline greatly condensed and more tightly intertwined — the script from Matt Charman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen is a snappy, propulsive account of James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks), an unblemished Brooklyn lawyer who becomes involved in defending a suspected Kgb agent (Mark Rylance). It shifts from a courtroom drama — although, »

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