Red Sparrow / Francis Lawrence (2018). Not very thrilling thriller. Jennifer Lawrence plays Dominika, a ballet star who has a career ending accident (or was it?). She is recruited by her Uncle Vanya (no kidding) to go to a spy school presided over by Matron (Charlotte Rampling) who teaches her class how to seduce anyone by recognizing their weaknesses. Dominika later rebukes her uncle by saying, “You sent me to whore school”! Her first assignment is to become important to CIA operative Nate (Joel Edgerton) in order to learn the name of a mole in the upper reaches of Russian intelligence. The film is high on dialog exposition and short on action and suspense (altlhough there are a couple of episodes that border om the sadistic). As usual, Jennifer Lawrence gives it her all and Rampling is always great to see. Among the possible moles are veteran actors Ciarán Hinds, Jeremy Irons, and Matthias Schoenaerts as Uncle Vanya (its not too hard to guess which one). The two best parts of the film are a) the brief episode featuring Mary-Louise Parker as an alcoholic Chief-of-Staff to a Senator willing to sell secrets for money to pay her daughter’s tuition and b) the Big Reveal in the last few minutes when you finally find out whose side Dominika is on. Almost makes it worth the wait to sit through the movie.