Movie review: Smashing acting, directing in 'Fifth Estate'

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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013 12:00 am

If you're worried that the director of “The Fifth Estate,” a movie about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, is the same guy who directed a couple of “Twilight Saga” movies, don't be. Bill Condon also helmed “Dreamgirls” and “Kinsey,” and this movie matches them in quality.

Condon does a brilliant job of making wonky computer nerds hunched over laptops cinematic, exciting and thought-provoking. If Condon fills the screen with technobabble, or creates a gigantic, imaginary and empty WikiLeaks office, or circles an actor with a camera in a dizzying manner, it's because the images express the moment in ways words can't.

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