ALL THE OLD KNIVES – Review by Diane Carson

The setup for All the Old Knives works well. After Chechen terrorist Ilyas Shushani’s capture, he reveals that a CIA mole in their Vienna station contributed to the death of one hundred passengers, crew, and hijackers eight years earlier. This alarming news prompts Chief Victor Wallinger (Laurence Fishburne) to reopen this Flight 127 case. For those of us who embrace the cloak-and-dagger genre, it’s a worthy entry.

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Screenwriter Anthony McCarten on THE TWO POPES – Nell Minow interviews

Sometimes history is made by groups of people in labs or courtrooms or legislative bodies or battlefields. Sometimes history is made by two people talking to each other quietly. We hear those stories less often. It may be that what makes those changes possible is keeping them secret. Perhaps that is what makes imagining them so irresistible. That is what screenwriter Anthony McCarten has done in fact-based films like Bohemian Rhapsody, The Darkest Hour, and his latest, The Two Popes.

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THE TWO POPES – Review by Diane Carson

Metaphors comment unobtrusively on a variety of current issues: building bridges not walls, income inequality, tyranny, modest vs. indulgent life styles. These important topics are punctuated with nice touches of humor and music. The Two Popes speaks to everyone who examines, as honestly as possible, the decisions of their lives, whether Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Catholic, Protestant, agnostic, atheist, or anything else.

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