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The Lives of Ot...
Perfect 68 Points 2006

The Stasi employed 100,000 East Germans, who maintained a network of 200,000 informers, in a country of 16 million people. So roughly 1% of the population controlled the other 99%. Ring any bells America? 1

The Lives of Others, a Stasi romantic drama, was the first perfect movie about th…

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The Right Stuff
Really Great 17 Points 1983

For me, the next best thing to a war movie, is a movie about astronauts, and “The Right Stuff” did not dissappoint. A 4 hour movie might seem daunting, but it goes by quickly because of the intriguing story, great actors, and constant action and drama — not to mention plentiful humor. This movi…

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X-Men: First Class
Great 83 Points 2011

First class prequels are Hollywood mutants, crisply intelligent rather than trite – obligatory touchstones notwithstanding. X-Men: First Class surpasses that standard, rebooting a tired saga with fresh casting, well grounded plot devices and an engaging mix of resonant themes.

Marvel achiev…

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Tinker Tailor S...
Great 83 Points 2011

The best spy movie ever isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Why? Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy unspools its complex story in non-linear fashion via a swirl of supporting characters declaiming with extreme British reserve. Many people thus find the movie nigh on impossible to follow and deadly solemn to …

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Breach
Great 78 Points 2007

Excellent movie about the final days of turncoat FBI agent Robert Hanssen. For current events junkies, it seems like just yesterday that his February 2001 arrest was front page news. Looking back, it was the final coda to the Cold War, occuring just months before the long war of the current ce…

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Pirate Radio
Great 95 Points 2009

Seventy percent LOL, a sly script and exuberant sex & drugs & rock & roll make Pirate Radio a highly entertaining movie. (To be fair, sex & drugs aren’t shown, just celebrated.) Redoubtable comedic auteur Richard Curtis bases his movie on real events, bringing it to life with a terrific ensem…

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Dr. Strangelove...
Great 17 Points 1964

Kubric puts out a dark comedy masterpiece with Dr. Stangelove… Mistakes and political errors send the world toward nuclear holocaust. If it wasn’t for the ever-present satire, one just might take this movie as a horror/thriller. And the humor is deeply effective. How am I so sure? Even tho…

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Bridge of Spies
Great 17 Points 2015

Cool old school spooks and a get-it-done-against-all odds spook lawyer Tom Hanks; Tom is smooth and polished, a leader among men, brave and willing to do the undoable; great enough to move from lawyer to negotiator. Paired with some great acting from Mark Rylance and Alan Alda, a subtle humor th…

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K19 The Widowmaker
Very Good 17 Points 2002

Widow maker indeed. If you thought you already know how stressful things are on a wartime submarine? Try a nuclear submarine with a reactor failure. Starting with the champagne bottle that would not break at the christening, you knew things were going to go badly for the sea trials of K-19, Ru…

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Miracle
Very Good 17 Points 2004

Given that it is Stanley Cup season, I thought I’d give Disney’s “The Miracle” a shot. Its been a while since I purposefully sat down to watch a family flick without the kids. As usual, the sports-film formula is predictable, and you even already know the outcome of the famous Russia v …

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