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OFFICIAL SECRETS
Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 1:35 PM
Dir. Gavid Hood | UK/USA | 2019 | 111 min. | R | DCP
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General Admission Adult Matinee - $9.00
General Admission Senior - $8.50
General Admission Student - $9.00
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In the UK, the Official Secrets Act is the one that governs the protection of, and thus criminalizes the leakage of, national security information, and this film recounts the real-life story of one whistleblower who ran afoul of it. In 2003, as the U.S. is trying to drum up support for the Iraq War and getting Tony Blair's Britain involved, Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), an intelligence-agency translator, comes across a memo from America's National Security Agency requesting British help bugging the offices of five nations on the U.N.'s Security Council in the hope of digging up dirt to coerce these five vital swing votes to vote yes on the U.N.'s resolution of support.

Director Gavin Hood stirs in actual period news footage of Blair and GWB cheerleading for the invasion, plus plenty of familiar faces—Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Northam, Matthew Goode and Matt Smith—to support Knightley's star turn and enrich his drama of bravery, conscience, and the conflict of loyalty to country vs. loyalty to humanity.

“Bloody hell, the Brits do low-key, paranoid procedural dramas like Official Secrets well, with a pervading chill and no flash: The crispness cuts like a knife.” —David Edelstein, Vulture

“As concisely informative as an Economist article and as gripping as a beach read… shows the power of a single act of moral courage, and it does so while being blisteringly entertaining cinema.” —Oliver Jones, Observer (UK)

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