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A Most Wanted Man (2014) ****

A Most Wanted Man (2014) ****

Based on a John le Carré novel of the same name, A Most Wanted Man is a 2014 British espionage-thriller, directed by Anton Corbijn to a screenplay by Andrew Bovell. It stars an excellent Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last leading role before his death, further underlining the film-world loss by his passing on. All in all, A Most Wanted Man is a worthy film for fans of le Carré, espionage movies and for Philip Seymour Hoffman devotees.

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Bethlehem (2013) *****

Bethlehem (2013) *****

Riveting, haunting and disturbing, Bethlehem, an Israeli political drama directed by Yuval Adler to a story by Adler and Ali Wakad, is a sober account of the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A film not for the light at heart, Bethlehem gives us a snapshot of the impossible situation and the endless cycle of violence. 
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No (Chile, 2012) ****

No (Chile, 2012) ****

No covers about a month in 1988, during which Chile, under Pinochet, was subjected to an intense political advertising campaign. What makes No, the film, special, is its unique perspective. It follows a young promising advertising executive who guides the No campaign; a campaign organized by a coalition of the opposition parties. The plot further thrusts this character, René, played by the mesmerizing Mexican actor Gael García Bernal, against various opposing powers, including his own agency's boss, his ex-wife, members of his own campaign and, of course, the Pinochet administration of terror. If you are interested in good intense drama, based on historical events, say Yes to No.
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The Way We Were (1973) ***

There is one reason to see The Way We Were and that reason’s name is Barbra Streisand. A romantic drama, The Way We Were focuses on a love story between a poor opinionated Jewish activist (Streisand) and a carefree good-looking WASP, played by Robert Redford. In an otherwise mediocre film that at times jumps all over the place, Streisand shines bright.
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Lincoln (2012) ****

Focusing on the final four months of Lincoln's life, including the ending of slavery (Thirteenth Amendment) and the Union victory in the Civil War, Lincoln provides an engaging biopic that is a shining portrait of a leader standing tall in American history.
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Argo (2012) ****

It’s a good sign when you watch a film whose ending you know in advance, and still clutch to your seat feeling unsure about the outcome. Ben Affleck demonstrates yet again that his talent as a director is greater than his previous career as an actor (though he does play the lead role in Argo, and does quite well at it.)

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    I agree about the relationship with Logan and Charles - added a lot of depth, especially with the next...

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