Tag Archives: Tom Hanks

THE POST: riveting thriller and revelatory personal portrait

The Post may be a docudrama, but it plays as a thriller and an astonishingly insightful portrait of Katharine Graham by Meryl Streep. It’s one of the best movies of the year – and one of the most important. Essentially, … Continue reading

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BRIDGE OF SPIES: pretty good spy story with a great Mark Rylance

In Steven Spielberg’s true-to-life espionage thriller Bridge of Spies, Tom Hanks plays James B. Donovan, the insurance lawyer who went on a Cold War secret mission to negotiate the trade of a captured Russian spy for the captured US spy … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: Captain Phillips

Here’s my pick for 2013’s best Hollywood movie.  In Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks stars as the real-life ship captain hijacked by Somali pirates and rescued by American commandos in 2009. The real-life Phillips survived his terrifying ordeal with guts and … Continue reading

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Saving Mr. Banks: Hanks as Disney, slathered with sentimentality

Saving Mr. Banks is Disney’s story of the making of Mary Poppins, centering on the conflict between the avuncular Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and the harshly fastidious author of the source material, P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson).  It’s a pleasing and … Continue reading

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Captain Phillips: flawless true life thriller

In Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks stars as the real-life ship captain hijacked by Somali pirates and rescued by American commandos in 2009.   The real-life Phillips survived his terrifying ordeal with guts and smarts, and Hanks and director Paul Greengrass bring … Continue reading

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Cloud Atlas: more may not be better, but more is fun

The filmmakers of Cloud Atlas clearly believe that more is better.  They give us not one, not two – but six stories spanning six centuries. They give us lots of movie stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, … Continue reading

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