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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

REVIEW: 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' Is No 'Jason Bourne,' and That's Okay

Some movies are like a smooth glass of pinot noir. Others are like a good, cheap beer. “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” with its meticulous Cold War details and labyrinthine plot, is like a smoky 25-year-old single malt scotch whiskey. It hits you hard, but goes down smooth.Gary Oldman , in a compelling and subtle performance, is George Smiley, a quick-witted British spy who is forced out of retirement during the height of the Cold War in 1973. Smiley must discreetly uncover a double agent in the Circus, a secret organization within the British Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6. Enlisting the aid of a young agent, Smiley embarks on a dangerous, confusing maze of manipulating, double-crossing spies, all the while dealing with personal baggage.Directed by Tomas Alfredson (“Let the Right One In”) and based on the acclaimed novel by John le Carré, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy“ is gripping from start to finish. The absorbing screenplay by Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan is...

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