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Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Everyone thinks they know what happened to Eliot Spitzer: Elected governor of New York State, he was forced to resign after a little more than one year when it was revealed he had been patronizing an “escort service,” paying for the sexual services of women employed there. Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) has a somewhat different take on Spitzer’s downfall, and he carefully and rather persuasively lays it out in his new documentary, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer.

The Tourist

You can never tell about Hollywood studios, but my guess is that if The Tourist had gone into production after this past summer’s box office flop Knight and Day, someone would have pulled the plug on it. They’re both from the same general formula, one that was quite popular in the 1960s: two top stars zipping around glamorous European locations in a lighthearted thriller where the full story only gradually becomes clear to the audience.

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