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The BFG Review

Very Good

For his adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, Steven Spielberg reunited with screenwriter Melissa Mathison, with whom he made E.T. nearly 35 years ago. Another story of an unlikely friendship, this film is even more wondrous and earnest, and also much more reliant on effects. But it's also hugely involving, with a terrific cast and of course a delightful story with a wry sense of humour.

 

It's set in a timeless London, where Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) lives in an orphanage. One night she spots a stealthy giant (Mark Rylance) prowling the city streets, so he grabs her and takes her back to Giant Country so she can't reveal his secret existence. As she gets to know him, Sophie discovers that he's an outcast in his own community, half the size of the nine giants (including Jemane Clement and Bill Hader) who live around him and bully him mercilessly because he doesn't eat human beans. This has earned him the nickname Big Friendly Giant, which Sophie shortens to BFG as she accompanies him into a colourful parallel world in his job collecting dreams and nightmares. Then when the bullies' threats grow stronger, Sophie comes up with a plan to get help from the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and her staff (Rebecca Hall and Rafe Spall).

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You Can Get Free Tickets To See Mark Rylance's New Play (If You're Willing To Dress As A Fish)


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Nice Fish, the new West End play co-written by and starring Oscar winner Mark Rylance is giving you a chance to score free tickets to a performance, but there’s a catch. For each performance four members of the public will be given a free ticket for a private box...if they come dressed as a fish.

Mark RylanceYou can dress as a fish to get free tickets to see Mark Rylance in the West End.

The show’s website states that those who come dressed as a fish or fisherman (with their fishing rod), will hook themselves a complimentary ticket in a private box. The tickets are available on a first come first served basis from 6pm on the night of the performance or 1.30pm for matinee.

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The BFG Extended - Trailer


One of Roald Dahl's most popular children's novels The BFG is once again going to appear on the screen, this time it the retelling comes courtesy of director Steven Spielberg. The narrative follows a 10 year old girl, Sophie, on her journey as she comes face to face with a giant that shows her that giants really do exist in the world. The BFG takes Sophie to his cave, in Dream Country to show her how he collects dreams and shows her how he sends them to children.

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BAFTA Television Awards 2016: 'Wolf Hall' Wins And Director Defends The BBC


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Period drama 'Wolf Hall' was the big winner at 2016's House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards, with the show taking home Best Drama Series and star Mark Rylance landing the Leading Actor accolade. Despite the happy news though, director Peter Kosminsky had something very serious to say about the BBC.

Wolf HallWolf Hall wins big at the BAFTA Television Awards

Unsurprisingly, 'Wolf Hall' - the recipient of the Best Miniseries Golden Globe earlier this year - has nailed the BAFTAs with two prizes, as Mark Rylance himself adds another shiny trophy to his collection, the latest of which include a BAFTA Film Award and an Oscar for 'Bridge Of Spies'. But it was Peter Kosminsky who got the biggest applause of the night.

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Mark Rylance , Claire van Kampen - The British Academy Television Awards (BAFTAs) 2016 held at the Royal Festival Hall - Arrivals at Royal Festival Hall - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th May 2016

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Mark Rylance and Claire Van Kampen
Mark Rylance and Claire Van Kampen
Mark Rylance and Claire Van Kampen

Mark Rylance , Claire van Kampen - The House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 held at the Royal Festival Hall - Arrivals at Royal Festival Hall - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th May 2016

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Mark Rylance and Claire Van Kampen

Mark Rylance , Helen McCrory - The BAFTA TV Awards 2016 Winners Room at BAFTA - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th May 2016

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Mark Rylance , Claire van Kampen - The British Academy Television Awards (BAFTAs) 2016 held at the Royal Festival Hall - Arrivals at Royal Festival Hall - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th May 2016

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Mark Rylance and Claire Van Kampen
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Claire van Kampen, Mark Rylance , Juliet Rylance - The Olivier Awards held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals at Royal Opera House Covent Garden - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 3rd April 2016

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Claire van Kampen, Mark Rylance , Juliet Rylance - The Olivier Awards 2016 held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 3rd April 2016

Claire Van Kampen, Mark Rylance and Juliet Rylance
Claire Van Kampen, Mark Rylance and Juliet Rylance
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Claire Van Kampen, Mark Rylance and Juliet Rylance
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 Mark Rylance , Guest - The Olivier Awards held at the Olivier Awards - Arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 3rd April 2016

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'Wolf Hall' Starring Mark Rylance Is The Biggest BAFTA TV 2016 Contender


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'Wolf Hall' vies against 'This is England '90' and 'Doctor Foster' in the 2016 BAFTA TV Award nominations with four nominations. The Mark Rylance drama series has kept audiences gripped since it hit the small screen, but is it enough to impress at this year's award ceremony?

Wolf HallWolf Hall leads nominations

Unsurprisingly, it has landed the most categories in total alongside 'Peter Kay's Car Share'. Leading Actress nominee Claire Foy faces off against the likes of Suranne Jones from 'Doctor Foster' Sheridan Smith in 'The C-Word' and 'Ruth Madeley' in 'Don't Take My Baby'; the latter two shows of which also compete in for Single Drama with 'Cyberbully' and 'The Go-Between'. 'Wolf Hall' also has an excellent contender for Leading Actor, but how will Mark Rylance fare alongside Ben Whishaw from 'London Spy', Stephen Graham from 'This is England '90' and Idris Elba from 'Luther'?

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'Wolf Hall' Lands Mark Rylance With Broadcasting Press Guild Award


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Mark Rylance follows up his big screen victory at the Oscars last month with a small screen win at the Broadcasting Press Guild awards for his role in BBC1 Thomas Cromwell mini-series 'Wolf Hall', in which he had the starring role. The show was also the recipient of a Golden Globe this year.

Mark RylanceMark Rylance wins another 2016 award

The 'Bridge Of Spies' star won Best Actor at the BPG Awards last night (March 10th 2016) for playing the ill-fated chief minister of Henry VIII in a short series about his rise to become the King's closest advisor. The series, which co-starred Damian Lewis as Henry VIII andClaire Foy as Anne Boleyn, also landed Best Drama Series beating the likes of 'Humans', 'Fortitude' and 'Doctor Foster'.

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Mark Rylance - Celebrities attend 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016

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Claire Van Kampen, Juliet Rylance, Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg and Mark Rylance
Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg and Mark Rylance
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Mark Rylance and Claire Van Kampen
Mark Rylance and Claire Van Kampen

Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicole Kidman And Mark Rylance Lead Olivier Nominations


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Benedict Cumberbatch has picked up a best actor nomination at this year’s Olivier awards, for his role as Hamlet at London’s Barbican theatre last summer. The annual awards, which are in their 40th year, celebrate the best in British theatre, with the winners announced on April 3rd.

Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch is up for best actor at this year’s Olivier awards.

Cumberbatch’s Hamlet is up for three awards in total, including best revival and best sound design for Christopher Shutt. In the best actor category, Cumberbatch will be competing against Kenneth Brannagh, Kenneth Cranham, Adrian Lester and Mark Rylance, who took home the best supporting actor award at last night’s Oscars.

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Mark Rylance - ****File Photo** MARK RYLANCE has been nominated for an Olivier Award, less than 24 hours after winning an Oscar for BRIDGE OF SPIES. The 56-year-old actor has been in the industry since the 1980s but it has been the last few years that have seen him receive huge critical acclaim. After taking home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Steven Spielberg's Cold War drama at the ceremony on Sunday night (28Feb16), Mark has been recognised for his role in Farinelli And The King at the Duke of York's Theatre last September (15). He will have some tough competition if he's to take home a prestigious Olivier Award, however, as he is up against Kenneth Branagh for The Winter's Tale, Benedict Cumberbatch for Hamlet, Adrian Lester for Red Velvet and Kenneth Cranham for The Father. Leading the ladies' category is Nicole Kidman who, fresh off the back of taking home a WhatsOnStage theatre award earlier this month (Feb16), has been nominated for Best Actress for Photograph 51. Gemma Arterton is nominated in the same category for Nell Gwynn, while Janet McTeer, Denise Gough and Lia Williams are also up for the gong. Judi Dench received her 15th Olivier Award nomination, this time for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Winter's Tale, and is up against lesser known actresses Michele Dotrice, Melody Grove and Catherine Steadman in her category. In the Best Actor in a Supporting Role selection, Mark Gatiss will face off against Michael Pennington, Tom Sturridge and David Suchet. Meanwhile, Imelda Staunton also notched up another nod to add to her collection, receiving her 11th Olivier nomination for Best Actress in a Musical thanks to her role in Gypsy. Tracie Bennett, Natalie Dew, Laura Pitt-Pulford and Emma Thompson's sister Sophie are also up for that prize, while David Haig will compete against Ian Bartholomew, Killian Donnelly, Matt Henry and Jamie Parker for Best Actor in a Musical. Gypsy proved one of the most popular shows recognised in this year's nomi at Dolby Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016

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Mark Rylance - 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre - Press Room at Dolby Theatre, Academy Awards - Hollywood, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016

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Mark Rylance, Brie Larson, Leonardo Dicaprio and Alicia Vikander
Mark Rylance, Brie Larson, Leonardo Dicaprio and Alicia Vikander
Mark Rylance, Brie Larson, Leonardo Dicaprio and Alicia Vikander
Mark Rylance, Brie Larson, Leonardo Dicaprio and Alicia Vikander
Mark Rylance, Brie Larson, Leonardo Dicaprio and Alicia Vikander

Mark Rylance - The 88th Annual Academy Awards Pressroom at Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 29th February 2016

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Mark Rylance, Brie Larson, Leonardo Dicaprio , Alicia Vikander - The 88th Oscars live from the Dolby Theatre - Press Room at Dolby Theatre, Oscars - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 29th February 2016

Mark Rylance, Brie Larson, Leonardo Dicaprio and Alicia Vikander
Mark Rylance, Brie Larson, Leonardo Dicaprio and Alicia Vikander
Mark Rylance, Brie Larson, Leonardo Dicaprio and Alicia Vikander
Mark Rylance, Brie Larson, Leonardo Dicaprio and Alicia Vikander
Mark Rylance, Brie Larson, Leonardo Dicaprio and Alicia Vikander
Mark Rylance, Brie Larson, Leonardo Dicaprio and Alicia Vikander

Steven Spielberg Presents Enchanting Adaptation Of Roald Dahl's 'The BFG' [Trailer]


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Steven Spielberg is bringing forth an exciting new live action Disney adaptation that's bound to become another of his family favourites. Roald Dahl's 'The BFG' is finally being brought to the big screen more than 30 years since the book was first published.

Ruby Barnhill in The BFG'The BFG' is Ruby Barnhill's film debut

It's a charming story with an even share of comedy, thrills and magic and it stars Mark Rylance from 'Bing' as the Big Friendly Giant himself. Of course, if you've had a deprived childhood, you won't know who on Earth we're talking about.

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The BFG - Teaser Trailer


Sophie has spent her life alone. She lives in an orphanage full of girls just like her. Each night the girls tell tales of the witching hour when the boogieman comes to visit and children go missing, Sophie's friends believe the witching hour is at midnight but little Sophie doesn't agree, she thinks the hour is much later, at 3am when only Sophie remains awake.

One night, whilst Sophie is reading, she hears an almighty rumble from outside and cannot help but open the window and look to see what's there; what she finds will change the lives of many forever.

The BFG is the much loved Roald Dahl book which was originally published by the author in 1982. The book was later turned into an animated film which featured David Jason as the voice of The BFG.

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Bridge Of Spies Review

Very Good

Steven Spielberg takes on the Cold War with a stately, sentimental thriller that gurgles along with quiet intensity, only occasionally finding a real spark of energy. Most intriguing, and important, is the way the film refuses to indulge in the usual moralising, allowing its characters to be complex and confused as they try to do the right thing. Even the Russians are depicted as real people rather than shady villains. And this makes what happens utterly riveting.

Set in 1957 New York, the story centres on lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), who is hired to represent Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) as he is tried for being a Soviet spy. But James is fighting a losing battle against a culture that's determined to convict Rudolf, regardless of the evidence against him. Three years later, an American U-2 spy plane is shot down over Russia, and its pilot Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) captured. So now James is drafted in by the CIA to negotiate a swap: Rudolf for Gary. He heads to Berlin to orchestrate the hand-off, and there decides that he also wants the East Germans to free an American student (Will Rogers) who was wrongfully detained as the Berlin Wall was being built.

Donovan was a remarkable man who tirelessly went far beyond the call in everything he did. He's also a terrific movie character, and Hanks plays him with deadpan honesty, adding shadings to every scenes that make him easy to identify with. This is a likeable person who represents today's political ideal: a tenacious man who ignores partisan politics to do the right thing. The characters around him are less developed, although Rylance offers some strong support as an honest, perceptive man who accepts his fate with dignity. And Ryan has some pointed moments as Donovan's observant wife. All of the actors benefit from the strong screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen and Matt Charman, which stirs plenty of edgy humour into the Cold War tensions.

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Mark Rylance - Matthew Bourne's 'The Car Man' Gala Night at Sadlers Wells, London at Sadlers Wells - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 19th July 2015

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Guest and Mark Rylance - Gala Performance of Matthew Bourne's 'THE CAR MAN' - Arrivals at Sadler's Wells Theatre - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 19th July 2015

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Mark Rylance - A variety of stars were snapped on the red carpet as they arrived for the premiere of 'The Gunman' which was held at the BFI Southbank in London, United Kingdom - Monday 16th February 2015

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'Wolf Hall' Gets 5-Star Reviews, Leaves Others Dumbfounded


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Wolf Hall, the new BBC2 drama based on the Booker Prize winning novel by Hilary Mantel, premiered on Wednesday night (January 21) and appeared to polarise audiences. While the performances of Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis were acclaimed in the press, the vast swathe of Twitter users bemoaned the dim lighting and shifting narrative.

Mark RylanceMark Rylance leads the cast in the BBCs Wolf Hall

Speaking at a recent BFI screening, director Peter Kosminsky discussed the new cameras used to give Wolf Hall an authentic feel and help the cast fully immerse themselves in roles.

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The Gunman Trailer


He's worked for the same company for years, and one day he is asked to work late. What his wife doesn't know, however, is that Jim Terrier (Sean Penn), is actually a hired assassin. When his late-night hit goes wrong, he is faced with a sense of morality over what he has done over the year, and how his future is going to be affected by the mistake. After facing his employers, he finds himself unable to leave the mess he created, and when he tries to expose his organisation, they kidnap his wife. Now, Terrier must fight against his employers for the safety of his family - let alone his own life.

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Anonymous Review


OK
Based on the long-mooted Oxfordian theory about the true authorship of Shakespeare's plays and poems, this film undermines its own point by over-egging the story. An over-complicated script and arch performances don't help the case.

In 16th century London Edward (Ifans), Earl of Oxford, has a passion for writing, which is forbidden by the puritan leaders of the day. So he passes his anonymous work to playwright Ben Jonson (Armesto), who allows actor William Shakespeare (Spall) to take the credit. Edward's life is inextricably linked with Queen Elizabeth (Redgrave): they were lovers several years ago (played by Bower and Richardson), and the political fallout is still being controlled by William Cecil (Thewlis) and his son Robert (Hogg).

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Blitz Review


Good
This British crime thriller is so unapologetic about recycling cliches that it's actually hilariously good fun to watch. Even with its glaring plot holes and camp performances, the cast and crew's chutzpah keeps it consistently entertaining.

Brant (Statham) is a bad-boy South East London detective always in trouble with the authorities. But he gets the job done, so his loyal chief (Rylance) protects him. His new challenge is to find a brazen psycho (Gillen) who's killing cops in cold blood. Working with new boss Nash (Considine), who's tormented for being gay, Brant starts bullishly breaking the rules to solve the case. Meanwhile, the killer is leaking information to a tabloid hack (Morrissey). And another of Brant's cop pals (Ashton) is struggling with returning to the job after her stint in rehab.

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Intimacy Review


Very Good
The uncompromising nudity bared throughout Petrice Chereau's Intimacy has already garnered much notoriety, but it's in the naked faces of fearless actors Mark Rylance (Angels & Insects) and Kerry Fox (Welcome To Sarajevo) that the tender ache of emotional resonance is discovered. With sharp, intelligent eyes that reflect experience and maturity, Rylance and Fox are refreshingly detached from the false glamour of Hollywood idols. Their sex scenes together are bracing in their raw honesty, in the acceptance of flesh and messiness. Less apparent, but no less remarkable, are the astute observations of behavior revealed through those carnal beats of haste and hesitance, often without a single line of dialogue.

Not aiming for the spiritual poetry of In the Realm of the Senses or the philosophical transgressions of Crash, Chereau keeps his sexual odyssey firmly grounded in terms of straightforward character development. That may be the very reason why Intimacy seems unerringly impressive but never particularly significant on more than a tactile, sensory level. The themes of human isolation are barren and obvious, a science project devoid of any especially groundbreaking hypothesis. Intimacy does manage to stand out from lesser portraits of "human interconnectedness" and Pinter-esque rummages through psychological dirty drawers (okay, kill me). Shallow though it might sound, it's amazing how much is filled in through an inspired cast, perceptive camerawork, and imaginative ways of treating the love scene. Those ingredients are too assured and confident to merely dismiss as icing on the cake, especially since they are the substance of the cake itself.

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Much Ado About Something Review


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A pleasing little documentary as detective story, Michael Rubbo's Much Ado About Something considers the possibility that William Shakespeare was largely not responsible for his prolific body of work. Digging through historical record and theory, Rubbo leans on the venerable idea that playwright Christopher Marlowe was the man, writing in exile from Italy after faking his death. Certainly when it comes to piecing together the ashes of time, there are any number of fanciful combinations to be had. It's a scholarly game Rubbo clearly adores, no matter how farfetched.

Humble curiosity might have been preferable to Rubbo's slightly arrogant skepticism, slanting his interviews to make Shakespearian scholars look like fuddy duddies while embracing crackpot mavericks spinning elaborate conjecture from limited information. As they pore through old documents finding cryptograms in Shakespeare's epitaph, it's akin to decoding precisely what prophets meant in the Holy Bible or Koran: Anything goes.

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Ready Player One Trailer

Ready Player One Trailer

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Dunkirk Movie Review

Dunkirk Movie Review

Britain's epic 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk has been dramatised on film before, but no one...

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Dunkirk Trailer

It's 1940 and World War II is in full swing. Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium,...

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Dunkirk Trailer

Dunkirk Trailer

In one of the biggest military disasters in British history, 400,000 soldiers found themselves stranded...

The BFG Movie Review

The BFG Movie Review

For his adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, Steven Spielberg reunited with screenwriter Melissa Mathison,...

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The BFG Extended -  Trailer

The BFG Extended - Trailer

One of Roald Dahl's most popular children's novels The BFG is once again going to...

The BFG Trailer

The BFG Trailer

Sophie and the other girls at Mrs. Clonkers orphanage share a big sleeping dorm and...

The BFG - Teaser Trailer

The BFG - Teaser Trailer

Sophie has spent her life alone. She lives in an orphanage full of girls just...

Bridge of Spies Movie Review

Bridge of Spies Movie Review

Steven Spielberg takes on the Cold War with a stately, sentimental thriller that gurgles along...

Bridge Of Spies Trailer

Bridge Of Spies Trailer

It's the height of the Cold War and things are getting tense between Russia and...

Bridge Of Spies - International Trailer

Bridge Of Spies - International Trailer

James Donovan is a simple insurance lawyer from Brooklyn, New York whose cases have never...

Bridge Of Spies - US Trailer

Bridge Of Spies - US Trailer

In 1960, the hard work of many good people was tested greatly. The height of...

The Gunman Movie Review

The Gunman Movie Review

While Sean Penn lends this thriller some political subtext, the fact remains that it's actually...

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