New movie releases this week include Katherine Heigl’s return to the big screen, plus The Promise, Truman, and more
Matthew Lickona 6 p.m., April 21
Sleek, fast-moving, and, even though it appears at times to be getting reckless and out of control (stay calm, have patience), really quite adroitly handled espionage tale. The plot, which sends a broadcaster for Free World Radio ("The Voice That Speaks the Truth") on a perilous mission beyond the Berlin Wall, reaps some ready sympathy for Communist-bloc defectors, dissidents, and political prisoners, and generates more interest than normal or necessary in the interpersonal relationships: the snippy hostility between Soviet and East German secret -servicemen, the sexual rivalry between CIA spy and KGB spy-catcher. With Martin Sheen, Brigitte Fossey, Sam Neill, and Derek Jacobi; directed by Jeannot Szwarc. 1983.