Director: Steven Spielberg. Cast: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan. 141 min. Rated PG-13. Biography/History.
It's a Spielberg movie, so nothing, neither artistically nor technically, goes wrong. But in an era of severe disillusionment with government policies, Spielberg and Hanks teaming up again to tell a Cold War tale of American idealism seems out-of-sync to our times - as though they're trying to remind us some moral lesson, from some bygone era of shiny black-and-white ethical movie-making Spielberg himself invested in. I mean, still using contrasting photography for East and West Berlin? The single bright star here is Mark Rylance's performance as the Russian spy. But I can't give the movie a pass because of that.