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Director: Anton Corbijn; Screenwriter: Andrew Bovell; Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Daniel Brühl; Running time: 122 mins; Certificate: 15
Philip Seymour Hoffman's still has two more appearances in The Hunger Games finale Mockingjay before he's gone from our screens forever, but his last starring role is this John le Carré adaptation about a German intelligence agent tracking a Chechen illegal immigrant in the port city of Hamburg.
Hoffman's Günther Bachmann is a man operating in the shadows and, like George Smiley (played superbly by Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), he can be low-key to the point of anonymity. Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin) is the refugee who arrives through the city docks and into the crosshairs of Bachmann, who believes he could be a terror threat.
Of course, this being a le Carré yarn, the web of intrigue spins out far and wide, »
Later John le Carré novels — like The Constant Gardener, or A Most Wanted Man — have made for some terrific Hollywood films, but the author's best work (which also happens to be his earlier work) is better enjoyed in book form. For the new recruits among you (or for those of you want a do-over after A Most Wanted Man), here are six classic le Carré titles to get you started.The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, 1963The bleak worldview of A Most Wanted Man (and pretty much every other le Carré novel) owes its origins to this 51-year-old Cold War classic. Here, Alex Leamas, a grizzled British agent operating in East Germany, signs on for one final mission, a dangerous, double-cross frame-up designed to force an ex-Nazi assassin to defect. After a career of trusting no one, Leamas is damaged beyond repair. (Case in point: A woman »
- Ruth Baron
Online retailer Amazon.com's Blu-ray Deal of the Week has updated early Sunday morning like clockwork, and this latest deal is tapping into the works and selections of writer/director Wes Anderson.
The Blu-ray portion of this deal include a total of five Wes Anderson Criterion Collection Blu-rays and two additional Blu-rays that he has personally selected. These Blu-rays include Bottle Rocket (1996), Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Darjeeling Limited (2007) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009).
Browse or shop Amazon's Wes Anderson Blu-ray Deal of the Week sale.
There are many more Criterion Collection DVDs for sale as chosen by Wes Anderson, which you can find by following the link above.
Amazon's Wes Anderson Blu-ray Deal of the Week ends this upcoming Saturday at midnight. »
This Tuesday, Criterion will be issuing a new Blu-ray release of Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (buy it here) and Amazon is getting ahead of the release by offering all previous Criterion releases of Wes Anderson's movies at a discounted price. Here's the list, click on any of the titles for purchasing information: Bottle Rocket ($19.49) my review Rushmore ($19.99) The Royal Tenenbaums ($18.99) The Darjeeling Limited ($20.99) my review Fantastic Mr. Fox ($20.99) amz asin="B00JAQJNN0" size="small"Oh, and The Grand Budapest Hotel will be arriving on DVD and Blu-ray on June 17 if you'd like to complete the entire collection just click here. As a matter of fact, click here to browse all of Wes Anderson's Blu-rays and pick and choose at your own leisure. Also on sale this week is the complete, five-film Die Hard collection (buy it here) for $31.49 and a couple other Criterion »
- Brad Brevet
Tessa! Gadreel! Metatron! Bowling! Are the angel wars going to end with the best 3 out of 5 in a competitive bowling tournament? Stay Tuned! Whatever happens it looks like Gadreel has chosen Team Metatron, unless Cas decided to talk him into taking part in Cas's downloaded knowledge of The Spy Who Came In From the Cold and Gadreel is in deep undercover. Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins. Guest stars: Lindsey McKeon, Vaughn Jones and Kaaren de Zilva. Created by Eric Kripke. LEEE777 - Airs next Tuesday 9.8c, 13 May on the CW Network. »
Oscar-winning British cinematographer who worked on a wide range of film classics
The Oscar-winning British cinematographer Oswald Morris, who has died aged 98, will be remembered for many classics, including Moulin Rouge, Fiddler on the Roof, Moby Dick and Lolita. He worked with some of the great directors, John Huston, Sidney Lumet, Carol Reed, Stanley Kubrick and Franco Zeffirelli. Many of Morris's films are landmarks in the history of colour cinematography. For Moulin Rouge (1952) he used filters to create a style reminiscent of paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec. For Fiddler on the Roof (1971), which won him an Oscar, he filmed with a silk stocking over the lens to give a sepia effect.
Morris also shot popular favourites such as The Guns of Navarone (1961), Oliver! (1968), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) and The Man Who Would Be King (1975), and photographed acting luminaries: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Gregory Peck and Humphrey Bogart. »
- Brian Baxter
Morris died March 17 at his home in Dorset, England, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Oswald won an Oscar for his work on 1971′s “Fiddler on the Roof.” His long list of credits ranged from early 1950s British pics such as “The Golden Salamander” and Tab Hunter starrer “Island of Desire” to 1981′s “The Great Muppet Caper” and 1982′s “The Dark Crystal.”
His work with Huston began with “Moulin Rouge,” the 1952 bio-tuner that starred Jose Ferrer, and stretched through 1975′s “The Man Who Would Be King.” Morris also worked on multiple pics with Sidney Lumet (1977′s “Equus,” 1980′s “Just Tell Me What You Want,” 1981′s “The Wiz”) and with Stanley Kubrick on 1962′s “Lolita.”
- Variety Staff
The production partnership of John Brabourne (the Eton-educated seventh Baron Brabourne) and Richard B Goodwin (who started out as a teenage tea boy with the Rank Organisation) is one of the most interesting in the British cinema. Its highlights include David Lean's A Passage to India and the two-part Little Dorrit, but its most popular works were the period Agatha Christie pictures that brought all-star casting and unfashionably high production values to the whodunit and set new standards for the string of TV productions that followed. Brabourne's father-in-law Lord Mountbatten helped secure the rights from Dame Agatha, and the three best are the Hercule Poirot mysteries in this Blu-ray set. Ustinov plays the Belgian sleuth both in John Guillermin's Death on the Nile (1978), scripted by Anthony Shaffer and superbly photographed by Jack Cardiff, and in Guy Hamilton's bland »
- Philip French
I like Chris Pine. He's a strong actor and a movie star--although his reboot of Tom Clancy's signature spy is going to be a test of his marquee value. It's one thing to join the "Star Trek" ensemble and another to carry a movie. The actors in Paramount's latest Jack Ryan foray are fine, from Kevin Costner as Ryan's CIA mentor/recruiter to Keira Knightley as the fetching fiancé in scrubs who wonders if he's lying to her. Branagh was willing to embrace this emphatically retro Cold War thriller. At the La County Museum Q & A by Elvis Mitchell, he admitted that he went back to John LeCarré's classic "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" and such 70s thrillers as "The Parallax View," "Three Days of the Condor," "The French Connection," and "Dog Day Afternoon" for inspiration. The movie looks and sounds great, shot mostly on 35mm, »
- Anne Thompson
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