July 2, 2016 |
I wonder whether it's possible to make a bad John le Carré movie: Every one of the 15 films and miniseries based on his espionage thrillers is well worth watching. There are the masterpieces, including Martin Ritt's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) and the BBC's 1979 miniseries, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy . But even the weakest films - the 1984 terrorism romance The Little Drummer Girl and the 1990 Cold War love story The Russia House - still outstrip most spy movies.
May 26, 2016 |
Joyce Xi doesn't want to see another family go through what hers has endured. That's why the daughter of the Temple University professor who was accused of spying for China, in charges that were then dropped, is demanding an apology from President Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch to her father and other Asian Americans wrongly charged. "I think it's important to have a public effort highlighting these injustices that my dad and others have faced, and also to be able to hold the government accountable," said Xi, 23, who graduated from Yale University on Monday with a degree in chemistry.
May 17, 2016 |
On nights when Xiaoxing Xi can't sleep, his mind races through the possibilities of what may have started it all. He thinks back to emails that could have prompted the FBI probe. About conversations that might have drawn the armed agents to his home. Through the events that left him publicly labeled a Chinese spy. It's been nearly a year since federal prosecutors accused Xi, a world renowned Temple University physicist, of selling scientific secrets with potential military applications to China.
January 30, 2016 |
Writer-director David Gordon Green has carved out an impressive career since his 2000 feature debut, George Washington , a moving story about a group of kids growing up in a poor rural town in North Carolina. Green followed up with a series of emotionally engaging, even raw, portraits of complex, flawed characters whose lives are touched by tragedy, including Undertow (2004), Snow Angels (2007), Joe (2013), and Manglehorn (2014). Green also is possessed of a rare comic genius - he's best known for a pair of sublimely funny stoner fantasies, Pineapple Express and Your Highness . He's at his best when he combines the tragic and the comic in his more absurdist dark comedies and social satires, including The Sitter , Prince Avalanche , Compliance - and his latest offering, the political comedy-drama Our Brand Is Crisis , an edgy, satirical look at the electoral process starring Sandra Bullock, Scoot McNairy, and Billy Bob Thornton.
January 24, 2016
Stephanie Czech Rader, 100, a spy in postwar Europe, died Thursday at he home in Alexandria, Va. She had Parkinson's disease, but the immediate cause was complications from recent surgery, said a friend, Michael Golden. Mrs. Rader was the daughter of Polish immigrants, uneducated laborers who settled in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in the early 1920s and barely spoke English. Her immersion in Polish language and culture proved critical to her success, against daunting odds, as a U.S. spy in Europe after World War II. Recruited to the Office of Strategic Services and the Strategic Services Unit of the War Department, precursors to the CIA, she was officially employed as a clerk at the U.S. Embassy.
January 22, 2016 |
LONDON SPY 10 p.m. Thursday, BBC America Boy meets boy. Boy loses boy in worst imaginable way. Boy takes on a dark and dangerous world to prove that the love of his life was real. So goes "London Spy," a five-episode heartbreak of a thriller that premieres Thursday on BBC America. Ben Whishaw ("The Hour," "Spectre") plays Danny, a worldly but not so wise young Londoner whose chance encounter with an introverted investment banker named Alex (Edward Holcroft)
January 19, 2016
_ WAR & PEACE. 9 p.m. Mondays through Feb. 8, Lifetime, A&E, History Channel. It's a classic of Russian literature, spoken with the inevitable English accent (even Gillian Anderson has one), but this four-week Leo Tolstoy story, adapted by Andrew Davies ("Pride and Prejudice"), is also a splendid, sprawling romance. Lily James ("Downton Abbey") plays Natasha and Paul Dano is Pierre, who unexpectedly inherits a title and fortune but finds it can't buy happiness. _ MARVEL'S AGENT CARTER.
November 10, 2015 |
IT TOOK the combination of James Bond and Charlie Brown to save the box office after a disastrous few weekends of flops. Both "Spectre" and "The Peanuts Movie" reinvigorated moviegoers who turned out in droves to check out the new fare. "Spectre" took an easy first-place spot with an estimated $73 million, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday, to become the second-biggest Bond opening of all time. The 24th film in the 53-year-old series stars Daniel Craig as 007 and cost a reported $250 million to produce.
October 26, 2015 |
His cell sat directly above the torture chamber in the East German prison, Frederic Pryor recalled, but he didn't know it at the time. He only knew that he could occasionally hear screams. Of the international Cold War drama that swirled outside the jailhouse walls, and the chance it could spark his freedom, he knew nothing, kept in the dark by his communist captors. Now, everyone knows. The new Steven Spielberg movie, Bridge of Spies , tells the tense, true story of how the United States and the Soviet Union traded spy for spy at a moment when each nation threatened the nuclear annihilation of the other.