'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' reheats Cold War espionage

December 16, 2011

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Gary Oldman plays a retired British intelligence officer in 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.'

Feeling a little sinister? Wondering if a Russian spy is sitting in the next cube? The days of spy versus spy, Cold War-style may be over but filmmaker Tomas Alfredson brings them back to life in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. The Swedish director had a big hit with his 2008 vampire flick Let the Right One In. Now he tackles the dark and bloody atmosphere of the "Circus," aka the British Secret Service, circa mid-1960s London and Budapest. Christy LeMaster joined Eight Forty-Eight to review that film and Young Adult. LeMaster programs the Nightingale Theatre in Chicago, teaches at Columbia College and regularly joins Eight Forty-Eight to talk about film.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Young Adult are both currently playing in theaters.