TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
2011, Focus Features, 122 min, France/UK/Germany, Dir: Tomas Alfredson

The long-awaited feature film version of John le Carré’s classic bestselling novel is set in England in 1973 as Cold War tensions wreak havoc on international relations. After a Hungarian mission goes bloodily awry, the head of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, known as Control (John Hurt), is forced out of the agency along with his top lieutenant, George Smiley (Oscar nominee Gary Oldman). But Smiley is soon rehired in secret to identify a Soviet mole at SIS, and as the list of suspects narrows, the emotional and physical tolls on the players enmeshed in the deadly international spy game escalates. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy and Colin Firth.


THE KING’S SPEECH
2010, The Weinstein Company, 118 min, Dir: Tom Hooper

Colin Firth stars as King George V, the reluctant and severely stuttering monarch faced with the challenge of bringing guidance and hope to pre-World War II Britain. When George enlists the help of an eccentric and unconventional speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush), he must confront his own stubbornness, pride and fear of failure, as well as the looming likelihood of war against a very well-spoken opponent: Hitler. An amazingly intimate portrait of the burden of being king. With Helena Bonham Carter.


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