Burn After Reading


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(US 2008, wr/dir by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)

 

 

The Coen brothers’ follow-up to their Oscar-winning Best Picture NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN is a goofy crime caper fronted by a stellar cast of stars and award winners including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, and John Malkovich.

At the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Arlington, Va., analyst Osborne Cox (John Malkovich) arrives for a top-secret meeting to find that he’s being ousted. His wife Katie (Tilda Swinton) is dismayed, though not particularly surprised or concerned. She is already well into an illicit affair with Harry Pfarrer (George Clooney), a married federal marshal, and sets about making plans to leave Osborne for Harry. When a computer disc containing material for Osborne’s memoirs accidentally falls into the hands of two scheming gym employees (Pitt and Frances McDormand), events spiral out of everyone’s and anyone’s control, in a cascading series of darkly hilarious encounters.

R. 95 mins.

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