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Bridge of Spies

Steven Spielberg, in full history-nerd mode (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Lincoln, Amistad, Munich), deftly dramatizes the notorious 1960 U-2 spy plane incident. Tom Hanks (looking, these days, like a sad pencil eraser from the neck up--but remaining America's best "everyman" actor) stars as an upstanding Constitutional lawyer who volunteers to defend a Russian spy (esteemed stage actor Mark Rylance). Years later, he's called upon to help "trade" the spy for downed American pilot Francis Gary Powers. Surprisingly--given the low-key script from Joel and Ethan Coen--this well-spoken drama about jurisprudence and diplomacy maintains a beautiful tension. 142 minutes PG-13.