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'Bridge of Spies' is a hugely entertaining Cold War tale

'Bridge of Spies' is a hugely entertaining Cold War tale

Bridge of Spies

Walt Disney, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99

Available on VOD on Tuesday

With this low-key, gripping best picture nominee, Steven Spielberg joins the ranks of veteran Hollywood directors who favor a quieter, craftier kind of filmmaking as they get older. Based on a true story of an early 1960s spy swap between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, the movie stars Tom Hanks as real-life lawyer James B. Donovan, who suffered public scorn for defending an enemy agent (played by an Oscar-nominated Mark Rylance) but then used that experience to help get back downed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. Screenwriter Matt Charman — whose script was polished by Joel and Ethan...