Bridge of Spies

Outstanding historical drama, set at the height of the Cold War, in which a New York corporate lawyer (Tom Hanks) is given the thankless task of defending an accused KGB agent (Mark Rylance), does so with more doggedness than expected by those who selected him, then becomes involved in the negotiations to swap his client for the downed pilot (Austin Stowell) of a U.S. spy plane. Director Steven Spielberg's film adds suspense to a fact-based story whose outcome is well known by focusing on the fate of an American graduate student (Will Rogers) caught on the wrong side of the newly built Berlin Wall. A balanced outlook on the struggle between East and West and the thoroughgoing, understated decency of its main character make this well-crafted retrospective a valuable viewing experience. Probably acceptable for older teens.

Watch out for: A few uses of profanity, a couple of rough terms, occasional crude and crass language.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13, parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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