Tin­ker Tai­lor Sol­dier Spy

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This classy adap­ta­tion of John le Carré’s spy novel is a grip­ping thriller that am­ply mea­sures up to the BBC se­ries from 1979. In the lead role, Gary Old­man is more than a match for Alec Guin­ness’s TV por­trayal of spy­catcher Ge­orge Smi­ley, whose hunt for a Soviet mole at the heart of the Bri­tish se­cret ser­vice in Cold War-era 1973 forms the ba­sis of the story. The film es­chews any ma­cho hero­ics but is as tense as any Bond or Bourne es­capade. Old­man gets fine sup­port from the likes of John Hurt and Colin Firth. 2011, 15, 127MIN

‘I’M SORRY, JOHN, BUT EI­THER THIS WALL­PA­PERGOES OR I DO’

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