Under the Mask

‘BREACH' & ‘THE LIVES OF OTHERS'

In Breach, playing the traitor Robert Hanssen, Chris Cooper looks and behaves like all of Graham Greene’s tormented Catholic heroes rolled into one: the compressed lips and narrowed eyes that accuse and self-accuse; the slightly stooping but decisive stride signaling that guilt may be a burden but doesn’t get in the way of action; the jesuitical scrupulosity that can be, by turns, warmly paternal and coldly interrogative; the secret vices that no longer give...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.