This year's expertly-run festival gave the indies room to breathe, focusing on the massive treasure trove of new talent from the Middle East, Africa, and beyond. Of course it wouldn't be Dubai without some outrageous parties.
Writing about films is not something I often do, but as an old Cold Warrior who has covered intelligence matters for decades and been involved in a few, the thrilling book Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is right up my dark alley.
Absorbing and fully understanding this movie is work. You must give your full and undivided attention to process every minute detail -- it could be a clue! Better think twice before that large popcorn and soda.
Long for the heady, Cold War days of espionage? Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy rallies a stellar cast to tell a tale deception and conspiracy. It's dark, it's tense, and it makes James Bond look like Maxwell Smart's less-incisive brother.
From the somewhat hazy cinematography to the John Barry-ish score to the overtly cold and clinical nature of the narrative, this is a film that (appropriately) wants to take us back to what many consider to the peak of mainstream adult filmmaking.