Bridge of Spies

BRIDGE OF SPIES ~ A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures’ “Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.

Directed by three-time Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg, “Bridge of Spies” stars: two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks as James Donovan; three-time Tony Award® winner Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel, a KGB agent defended by Donovan; Scott Shepherd as CIA operative Hoffman; Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan as James’ wife, Mary; Sebastian Koch as East German lawyer Vogel; and Academy Award nominee Alan Alda as Thomas Watters, a partner at Donovan’s law firm. The film is produced by Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Matt Charman and three-time Academy Award winners Ethan Coen & Joel Coen. “Bridge of Spies” will be released in theaters on October 16, 2015.



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Genre:   Dramatic Thriller

Rating:  TBD

U.S. Release date:                 October 16, 2015

Running time:                        TBD

Cast:   Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch, Alan Alda

Director: Steven Spielberg

Producers:   Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, Kristie Macosko Krieger

Executive Producers:   Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King

Written by:  Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen


Mad Max Fury ROad

Director George Miller, yes, the same Director who brought MAD MAX to life with his trilogy of 79’s MAD MAX, 81’s MAD MAX 2 – The Road Warrior and 85’s MAD MAX – Beyond Thunderdome ~ has brought his character back to life once again, only this time it’s even more of an unconceivable world than before, so hold on tight as you experience ~ MAD MAX Fury Road!!

Making her way in the desolate wasteland she calls HOME, we find Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) mastering the control of one of her people’s war ships, bound for places unknown.

As the people of this barren land struggle for survival, we meet Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), who battles for his freedom from the savages who want his life to save their own, and who struggles with the demons of his mind too, after the loss of his family.

Fighting to stay alive at every turn, Max happens upon Furiosa and the others from her tribe that she is trying to save, from the hands of their venomous ruler Rictus Erectus (Nathan Jones).

Fighting everyone and everything in their paths, Max and Furiosa melee to claim their freedom from the bleak and abandoned world in which they inhabit, as they try to save their race from utter extinction…

I give MAD MAX – Fury Road 4 out of 5 Stars: Talk about an extremely intense film from the first frame to the last – Miller has created a world some 30 years later that makes his original films seem like just a walk in the park. And the story line this time around is significantly different too, as Max plays more of a supporting role to the character of Furiosa, and her quest to make things right for her fellow man ~ or woman is the main premise of this film! Theron is absolutely fabulous as Furiosa, as even a buzz cut can’t diminish her beauty. She is so good in fact, that I am certain we will see her be back for more craziness in her desolate world sooner rather than later. The twist in the storyline of this generations MAD MAX also follows the adage that woman are just as powerful as men, which endorses the cry of Feminism of our time, so I think the ladies are going to enjoy this action packed thriller just as much as the men do too. The only negative for me ~ besides my heart racing throughout almost the entire film – I TOLD YOU IT WAS INTENSE – was the fact that Hardy didn’t have enough dialogue or face time for me, plus, his part was so reminiscent of his Bane character in Batman – The Dark Knight Rises, that it was as if I had already seen this performance before.

So, if you love extreme craziness and penetrating cinematography at every turn, which this film definitely has an abundance of, then get ready to settle in at a theater near you to experience the new era of Miller’s creative genius that is MAD MAX – Fury Road.

Kathy Kaiser