The Best Films of 2015
Steven Spielberg's latest, featuring a star cast of Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance and Alan Alda.
What happens when director Steven Spielberg is working at the top of his game? The world gets "Bridge of Spies," his masterful recounting of a pivotal series of true-life Cold War incidents that happened between 1958 and 1962. Using Ethan and Joel Coen as his screenwriting team (along with Matt Charman) and favorite collaborator Tom Hanks to play pivotal character James B. Donovan, Spielberg takes the spy flick to a whole new level. As Donovan, an attorney who inadvertently ends up as the central negotiator between the United States and the U.S.S.R. in a swap of spies, Hanks makes playing a complex character look easy. Spielberg does the same in giving an equally complicated story a brisk pace and intense tension, as he tells the tale of U.S. spy pilot Gary Powers, who is shot down by the Soviets and eventually exchanged for a Russian spy (played by Mark Rylance, in an acclaimed, Oscar-worthy performance) being held in American custody.