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Catcher Was a Spy Review: Paul Rudd Bores in Espionage Thriller

Catcher Was a Spy Review: Paul Rudd Bores in Espionage Thriller
The Catcher Was a Spy could have been an excellent film. It has every beguiling element needed for a gripping espionage thriller, but sadly falls flat with its placid direction. An all-star cast of veteran actors deliver sufficient performances that fail to resonate. This is because the component parts do not mesh together for a cohesive narrative. It's a shame. The story of Morris "Moe" Berg is truly incredible. This adaptation of his life does not live up to or offer any real insight into a fascinating man.

Moe Berg (Paul Rudd) was a catcher for the Boston Red Sox during the twenties and thirties. Never a superstar, Berg was still good enough to play major league baseball for fifteen years. Behind the athletic prowess was a secretive, but deeply intellectual mind. Berg held advanced degrees from Princeton and Columbia. He was a gifted linguist who mastered seven languages, but
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The Catcher Was A Spy – Review

Sienna Miller as Estella Huni, and Paul Rudd as Moe Berg, in Ben Lewin’s The Catcher Was A Spy. Courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films Release.

The Catcher Was A Spy is a strange slice of history, about a real-life Jewish Major League baseball catcher with a degree from Princeton and a knack for languages who turned spy during World War II. As catcher Moe Berg, Paul Rudd heads an impressive cast in a historical film with polished good looks and a score by Howard Shore. The film assembled all the right elements for a prestige biopic but does not quite score a hit.

The Catcher Was A Spy is available on-demand from IFC starting Friday, June 22, and in theaters in New York and Los Angeles.

Part biopic and part WWII spy thriller, The Catcher Was A Spy focuses on a particular part of Moe Berg’s life.
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‘The Catcher Was a Spy’ Review: Paul Rudd’s Baseball-Driven World War II Thriller Is an Atomic Bomb

On paper, this should have been a home run. Adapted from Nicholas Dawidoff’s historical biography of the same name, “The Catcher Was a Spy” is a stiff and serene biopic about a man named Moe Berg, an enigmatic Jew who capped off his middling career with the Boston Red Sox by traveling to Nazi Germany under secret government orders to determine if Hitler was building an atomic bomb, and to assassinate the Nobel Prize-winning scientist in charge of the project if so.

It’s a hell of a war story, combining the foreign intrigue of “The Third Man” with the high-wire suspense of “Where Eagles Dare” (with a touch of homoerotic tension drizzled on top for good measure). Throw in an all-star cast that surrounds Paul Rudd’s lead performance with pinch-hitters like (take a deep breath) Paul Giamatti, Mark Strong, Tom Wilkinson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce,
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'The Catcher Was a Spy' Review: Secret-Agent Sports Hero Biopic Strikes Out

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, they say – and the path of good intentions, we'd wager, is liberally bricked with dull, earnest important-man biopics. An adaptation of Nicholas Dawidoff's 1994 book of the same name, The Catcher Was a Spy rewinds back to the mid-1930s, when baseball player Moses "Moe" Berg (Paul Rudd) was on the Boston Red Sox roster and keeping Fenway fans cheering on their feet. He gets a little guff for being a Jew (per Berg, he modestly characterizes himself as "Jew-ish" with
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Movie Review – The Catcher Was a Spy (2018)

The Catcher Was a Spy, 2018.

Directed by Ben Lewin.

Starring Paul Rudd, Jeff Daniels, Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti, Hiroyuki Sanada, Connie Nielsen, Shea Whigham, Giancarlo Giannini, Pierfrancesco Favino, William Hope, and Tom Wilkinson.

Synopsis:

A major league baseball player, Moe Berg, lives a double life working for the Office of Strategic Services.

As a lifelong fan of Mlb and someone who is always down for a tale of espionage, The Catcher Was a Spy instantly became one of my most anticipated films to be released of the crop that premiered at this year’s Sundance film festival. I didn’t care that the initial reaction was mixed to bordering on negative, especially in this case, as the premise is a tantalizing combination of two things I love. With that said, the spy strikes out, he’s caught stealing second, thrown out at home, robbed of a home run,
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The Catcher Was a Spy Movie Review

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The Catcher Was A Spy IFC Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Ben Lewin Screenwriter: Robert Rodat Cast: Paul Rudd, Mark Strong, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti, Jeff Daniels, Sienna Miller, Tom Wilkinson, Giancarlo Giannini Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 6/9/18 Opens: June 22, 2018 I was about to say that there’s not a heck of […]

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Justin Theroux Seen with Emma Stone Again as They Do Dinner at Jennifer Lawrence's Apartment

Justin Theroux Seen with Emma Stone Again as They Do Dinner at Jennifer Lawrence's Apartment
Justin Theroux and Emma Stone are back together again.

The duo, who have been spotted together three times in the last two weeks, reunited Tuesday at Jennifer Lawrence’s apartment in New York City. The three were seen eating dinner on the rooftop of the Hunger Games star’s building.

Theroux, 46, and Stone, 29, have been spending time together since his split from Jennifer Aniston in February. Two weeks ago, the actor was seen lounging shirtless in the sun next to Stone, who wore a red one-piece bathing suit, in a bungalow at the famed Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in France.
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All of the Hot Women Justin Theroux Has Been Spotted With Since Splitting From Jennifer Aniston (Exclusive)

Just weeks after announcing his split from Jennifer Aniston, 49, sources told In Touch, Justin Theroux, 46, was getting close to Olivia Munn, his gorgeous co-star from 2017's The Lego Ninjago Movie. (She's also a pal of Jen's.) While Olivia, 37, denied romance rumors on social media, one source tells In Touch, Justin "finds her really attractive and has been leaning on her since leaving Jen." In late March, Parks and Recreation alum Aubrey Plaza and Justin were spotted out and about in NYC before retreating to Justin's West Village pad together. "Justin loves funny, edgy women who aren't uptight," a source says. "Aubrey's like the anti-Jen." Aubrey, 33, has been dating director Jeff Baena since 2011, but according to the source, "You never know what could happen." (Photo Credit: Getty Images) And the women keep on coming! Justin and Emma Stone wrapped their upcoming Netflix series, Maniac, in December, but they still can't seem
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Justin Theroux Shows Off His Sexy Abs During a Beach Day With Sienna Miller and Emma Stone

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Justin Theroux Shows Off His Sexy Abs During a Beach Day With Sienna Miller and Emma Stone
Justin Theroux is really living the life. The Leftovers star had a fun-filled beach day with actresses Sienna Miller, Laura Harrier, and Emma Stone in the South of France on Wednesday. The group, which also included fashion journalist Derek Blasberg, looked to be having a blast as they jumped from a diving board and took a dip in the water at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cannes.

Justin has been in France all week after attending the Louis Vuitton 2019 Cruise collection show, and last Saturday, he was spotted at the same beachy location for a swimming day with Spider-Man: Homecoming actress Laura. A few days later, he and Emma added fuel to persisting dating rumors when they were photographed relaxing in beach chairs together in a nearby French village. Justin has maintained that they're just friends, so maybe he is just basking in the single life this Summer.

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Emma Stone Wears White Bikini to Join Justin Theroux and Sienna Miller for a Dip in France

Emma Stone Wears White Bikini to Join Justin Theroux and Sienna Miller for a Dip in France
Emma Stone and Justin Theroux are having an all-star time in Europe.

After the pair were spotted relaxing in a bungalow at the famed Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in France on Tuesday, with the Leftovers actor lounging shirtless while Stone rocked a red one-piece swimsuit, the duo took their adventures to the water for a day of fun in the sun with some celebrity pals, according to photos obtained by the Daily Mail.

Sienna Miller, TV host Derek Blasberg and Spider Man: Homecoming actress Laura Harrier joined the duo for a dip in the Mediterranean on Wednesday. Stone, 29, sported
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Justin Theroux Is "Casually Dating" as He Vacations With Pal Emma Stone

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Justin Theroux is getting back out there.  More than three months since the actor and his ex Jennifer Aniston announced their separation, Theroux is getting into the swing of his new life as a single man. With summer approaching, the star was recently spotted having some fun in the sun with famous pal Emma Stone. The two stars were photographed on Tuesday together as they hung out in the south of France at Hotel du Cap-Eden Rock with Sienna Miller, Spiderman: Homecoming actress Laura Harrier and journalist Derek Blasberg. According to a source, Stone and Theroux had a big lunch with their friends and hung out together in a cliffside cabana, where they admired...
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Jason Derulo, Paris Hilton and Others Try to Save amfAR Cannes Without Harvey Weinstein

Jason Derulo, Paris Hilton and Others Try to Save amfAR Cannes Without Harvey Weinstein
It was after midnight in France when Paris Hilton took the stage of amfAR Cannes in a “Moulin Rouge”-like tent off the Mediterranean Sea. She was here, naturally, to auction off a pair of gold-encrusted iPhones. “I love everyone,” said Hilton, to the crowd that had shelled out as much as $15,000 a head for the VIP dinner at the Hotel du Cap in Antibes. “I’ve been coming to amfAR for 20 years now,” Hilton said. “And it just gets better and better every year.” As she tried to up the stakes by adding a private party at her house (which doubles as a club), she fetched $235,000 for the non-profit devoted to fighting AIDS.

That’s a lot of money, but not the kind of cash that Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith and Sharon Stone used to hustle out of wealthy oligarchs in a star-studded gala that topped off Cannes. This
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‘The Burning Woman’ Director Jake Scott Inks With Wme

Exclusive: Jake Scott, who most recently directed the upcoming thriller The Burning Woman starring Sienna Miller, Amy Madigan, Aaron Paul and Christina Hendricks, has signed with Wme. The film, written by Brad Ingelsby and produced by Scott Free and Black Bicycle Entertainment, centers on a woman who, after the disappearance of her daughter, is left to raise her young grandson. The story is told over the course of 11 years. Endeavor Content is repping sales…
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Grace Jones, Ellie Goulding, Jason Derulo Performing at Cannes amfAR Gala (Exclusive)

Grace Jones, Ellie Goulding, Jason Derulo Performing at Cannes amfAR Gala (Exclusive)
Grace Jones, Jason Derulo and Ellie Goulding will perform at Thursday’s amfAR Cannes gala. They join Sting and Shaggy as part of the black-tie evening’s star attractions.

The non-profit organization has raised more than $210 million from the party to support AIDS research, but despite its charitable contributions, amfAR has been battling a wave of negative publicity. Much of that stems from the event’s long-association with disgraced indie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexually harassing or assaulting dozens of women. In the past, Weinstein helped wrangle top talent to perform at the event and persuaded deep-pocketed supporters to bid on auction items.

AmfAR, with its mission to end AIDS, isn’t just a noble cause. It’s also the glitziest event at the Cannes Film Festival, serving as sort of a bejeweled cap to the two-week festival. The outdoor, all-night dinner and party in a
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Sting And Shaggy To Perform At amfAR Gala Cannes Event

Sting and Shaggy will perform at this year’s amfAR Gala Cannes event.

Alessandra Ambrosio, Poppy Delevigne, Linda Evangelista, Silvia Fendi, Aileen Getty, Kate Hudson, Scarlett Johansson, Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, Daphna Krim, Karolina Kurkova, Sienna Miller, Angela Missoni, Mary Parent, Katy Perry, Natasha Poly, Aishwarya Rai, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Irina Shayk, Lara Stone, Donatella Versace, and Michelle Yeoh are the Honorary Chairs of the 25th edition of amfAR's world-renowned amfAR Gala Cannes event, to be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018, during the Cannes Film Festival. Event Chairs include Len Blavatnik, Milutin Gatsby, Michel Litvak, Alexandre Ricard, and William H. Roedy.

The annual star-studded event is one of the world’s most successful benefits and is the most coveted ticket during the Cannes International Film Festival. Held at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, this glamorous and unpredictable gala will include special musical performances
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Anna Wintour Supports Scarlett Johansson Wearing Marchesa

Fresh off the heels of the 2018 Met Gala, Anna Wintour stopped by Stephen Colbert's The Late Show on Wednesday night to share some behind-the-scenes gossip about the star-studded event, which Colbert himself attended. The Vogue editor-in-chief (and Conde Nast artistic director) told Colbert she's been recovering and "wondering who's upset about where they sat and what went wrong and what went right."

Wintour hosts the annual event and is charged with choosing who sits where inside New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The CBS host said he was at a table with Hugh Jackman, Sienna Miller, Colin Firth, Julie Corden (James...
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The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) Movie Trailer: A Multilingual, Red Sox Catcher Goes Undercover During Ww II

The Catcher Was a Spy Trailer

Ben Lewin‘s The Catcher Was a Spy (2018) movie trailer stars Mark Strong, Jeff Daniels, Paul Rudd, Paul Giamatti, and Sienna Miller. The Catcher Was a Spy‘s plot synopsis: based on the book by Nicholas Dawidoff, “This gripping, stranger-than-fiction espionage thriller brings to life the incredible true story of [Morris [...]

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Paul Rudd Plays a Baseball Player Who is Recruited to be a Spy in the Trailer For The Catcher Was A Spy

I've got a fantastic trailer for Paul Rudd's new film The Catcher Was a Spy. This is a very different film for Rudd to be a part of and he did a fantastic job in it. The film is a gripping, stranger-than-fiction espionage thriller that tells the fascinating true story of Moe Berg, a professional baseball player who became a World War II spy.

A Jewish, Princeton-educated, multilingual catcher for the Boston Red Sox with a closely-guarded private life, the enigmatic Berg (Paul Rudd) was already a man of mystery when, in 1944, the Us government’s wartime intelligence agency enlisted his services. His mission: go behind enemy lines in Europe to assassinate the Nazi’s chief nuclear scientist before the Germans develop an atomic bomb. Trading in his catcher’s mitt for a trench coat, Berg must rely on his formidable, steel-trap intellect in a high-stakes game of
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Paul Rudd Goes from Baseball to Espionage in First Trailer for ‘The Catcher Was a Spy’

Before he gets small later this summer, Paul Rudd is doing some good ol’ fashioned drama with The Catcher Was a Spy. Premiering at Sundance earlier this year, the WWII-set feature comes from Ben Lewin (The Sessions) and also stars Mark Strong, Jeff Daniels, Paul Giamatti, Sienna Miller, and Guy Pearce. The true story follows Rudd as Moe Berg, a professional baseball player who became a World War II spy. Ahead of a release next month from IFC Films, the first trailer has now arrived.

“From the start, there’s plenty to like about The Catcher Was a Spy, directed by Ben Lewin and starring Paul Rudd,” Dan Mecca said in his review. “Based on the fascinating life of pro baseball player Moe Berg and adapted from Nicholas Dawidoff’s book of the same name, this is the type of film that feels slightly out of place at Sundance. There
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Trailer for World War II espionage thriller The Catcher Was a Spy starring Paul Rudd

Ahead of its theatrical and VOD release next month, IFC Films has released a new trailer for the upcoming drama The Catcher Was a Spy. Based on the biography of the same name by Nicholas Dawidoff, it stars Paul Rudd as Moe Berg – a former Baseball player who joined the war effort as a spy during World War II. Directed by Ben Lewin, it features a cast that also includes Mark Strong, Jeff Daniels, Paul Giamatti, Sienna Miller, and Guy Pearce; watch it here…

This gripping, stranger-than-fiction espionage thriller brings to life the incredible true story of Moe Berg, the professional baseball player who became a World War II spy. A Jewish, Princeton-educated, multilingual catcher for the Boston Red Sox with a closely-guarded private life, the enigmatic Berg (Paul Rudd) was already a man of mystery when, in 1944, the Us government’s wartime intelligence agency enlisted his services. His
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