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Spy Game

With a formerly lagging recruitment now quadrupled after Sept. 11, the CIA is pressing on with its backward ("if they see how screwed up we are, they might want to come work for us!") public relations campaign. That's not to say that Spy Game is a deliberate conscription vehicle for the intelligence agency; its director, Tony Scott, has been making big-budget thrillers his entire career (Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State). With at least two films each this fall, 'tis the season for Robert Redford and Brad Pitt, who star as a burnt-out CIA star and his protégé, respectively. When Pitt is caught behind enemy lines (the theme of another upcoming intelligence film featuring a similarly paired aging Gene Hackman and new "it" boy, Owen Wilson) Redford must work within the post-Cold War CIA to pull enough strings to liberate his favorite young rogue operative. You can waddle up to the ticket counter after Thanksgiving supper for this one; it opens Wednesday, Nov. 21. See "Special Showings" for details.

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