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January 7th, 2012
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[film] Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
A film based on one of John LeCarre's classic Cold War espionage novels, directed by the director of Let The Right One In, and with a truly stunning cast? My expectations were so high going in I could only be disappointed. I was, however, not disappointed in any way.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a delicate and finely crafted film that condenses a lengthy and complex novel into only a full-length movie with superb performances throughout. Pay attention or you might miss something important. I think it's an excellent film.

Locally, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy opened yesterday at the Rialto in Raleigh (moves to the Colony Theater on 20 Jan), and also at the Carolina Theatre in Durham. There: I mentioned my three favorite places in RTP to see films in a single sentence.

trailer: Contraband - Mark Wahlberg is blackmailed into smuggling four shipping pallets full of money.

Other film news: The Artist opens 20 January at the Rialto. A Dangerous Method opens 20 January at the Colony. I am looking forward to both.

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Date:January 8th, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
Do you think Westerby's appearance means a film of The Honourable Schoolboy?
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Date:January 8th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
I have seen interviews of Oldman and others connected with this film suggesting that everyone would quite like to film The Honourable Schoolboy, and as the film has been a success in Great Britain I personally consider it a serious possibility. I haven't seen an official statement that it is happening, and anyone else knowing more is of course welcome to comment.
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Date:January 10th, 2012 12:43 am (UTC)
It's also at the Raleigh Grande, and I agree there was nothing disappointing about it. A lot of "user reviews" on Yahoo! were giving it a low grade, but I suspect it was people who heard "spy movie" and we're expecting more action and less intrigue.
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Date:January 10th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed the film. If I have a choice between the Grande and the Rialto, it's the Rialto every single time :).

I suspect it was people who heard "spy movie" and we're expecting more action and less intrigue: no doubt you're right, I know one person who walked out specifically complaining they went to "a spy movie" and were expecting another Bourne Identity film.
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Date:January 10th, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
I'd choose the Rialto *if* I thought I could get in without having to get there an hour early. ;)

There are too often times that opening weekend of a movie we try to go to the Rialto but can't get in. :( I guess it's good for the Rialto though.

We often end up at the Colony, though :)
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