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NYFF: Tom Hanks & Paul Greengrass Talk Dramatizing Desperate Real-Life Events In 'Captain Phillips'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 28, 2013 2:12 PM
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Paul Greengrass’ harrowing, real-time thriller, “Captain Phillps” just screened at the New York Film Festival yesterday. Just go and hit Twitter and you’re going to see plaudits, raves and yes, even lots of Oscar talk. It’s a terrific piece of filmmaking that's intense, grueling, deeply immersive and even takes pains to humanize the complex lives of its villains (you can read yours truly’s A-grade review right here).

NYFF Review: Paul Greengrass Takes You Hostage In The Desperately Harrowing ‘Captain Phillips’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 27, 2013 11:00 AM
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Comparing oranges and apples tends not to be conducive to any critical discourse, but to get something off my chest that I can’t shake (and hopefully provides some convincing context), in the fall sweepstakes to create the most gripping, immersive and emotionally resonant survival tale, Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips” has the surprisingly thematically similar “Gravity” licked. With apologies to Alfonso Cuaron’s film, which I enjoyed, the buzzier effort may be an enveloping visual tour-de-force, but the one (wo)man-against-the-universe endurance saga in space lacks in character development and genuinely convincing emotional stakes. These are not, however, narrative areas that “Captain Phillips” is deficient in. In fact, its character and rich emotional layers are what elevates the film from a precisely-told absorbing thriller into something much more potent and powerful: a breathtakingly harrowing tale of survival and grueling desperation that redefines the term “nailbiter.”

New Pics & TV Spots For Paul Greengrass' Pirate Thriller 'Captain Phillips' Starring Tom Hanks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2013 2:06 PM
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Whether or not Tom Hanks is nominated for his turn as Walt Disney in the warm "Saving Mr. Banks" or as the fearless leader of a cargo ship in "Captain Phillips," he seems destined for the Dolby Theater in a few months time. Of course the awards season has a long way to go but the already hotly buzzed Paul Greengrass movie is coming very soon and a batch of new images have dropped.

Paul Greengrass Exits Aaron Sorkin-Penned 'The Trial Of The Chicago 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2013 2:58 PM
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It seems "The Trial Of The Chicago 7" can't get in front of a judge, so to speak. The long, long developing project looked it was finally kicking back to life when earlier this summer Paul Greengrass came on board to direct. But alas, it will once again need to find a helmer.

Early Buzz: Paul Greengrass' 'Captain Phillips' Is An Unbelievably Tense Real World Thriller; Politics Questionable

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2013 5:04 PM
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"It's like the last half hour of 'Zero Dark Thirty' but for the whole movie." That was someone's description of "Captain Phillips" when we quizzed them about the film earlier today. The film, which stars Tom Hanks as the titular captain of the Maersk Alabama, a ship that found itself under siege by Somali pirates back in 2009, was directed by "United 93" and "Bourne Ultimatum" filmmaker Paul Greengrass, whose last feature, the troubled Matt Damon vehicle "Green Zone," proved an underwhelming and costly flop. But by all accounts from those who have seen it, "Captain Phillips" is the director back on his game, with a tense and enthralling real-life thriller. Although how successful it ultimately is seems to be up for grabs depending on how moved you are by it and how questionable you find the film's racial politics. Also, stick around to watch the new Japanese trailer for the film.

Paul Greengrass Shoots Down Bourne 5' Rumors; Calls Them A "Figment of the Imagination"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2013 10:32 AM
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Well, that was quick: just days after rumors circulated that director Paul Greengrass (who helmed the critically acclaimed blockbuster 'Bourne' installments "The Bourne Supremacy" and "Bourne Ultimatum") and original series star Matt Damon (who starred in the first three movies) were being courted by Universal for a return to the franchise, the director definitively shoots down the rumors. "It's a figment of someone's imagination," the director told Empire. At least Jeremy Renner can breathe easier.

Updated: Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass Are Getting Re-'Bourne' With Universal As Talks Reportedly Get Underway

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2013 3:11 PM
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The lesson here kids? Never say never. While Matt Damon has spent the last few years politely answering questions about returning to play Jason Bourne, he made one thing crystal clear: not without Paul Greengrass. With the British filmmaker busy making "Captain Phillips" and lining up other potential gigs, the possibility seemed a faint one for the forseeable future. But all of a sudden the wheels are in motion and it looks like Jason Bourne might be coming back in from the cold.

We Have Been Boarded By Armed Pirates: Watch The New Trailer For 'Captain Phillips' With Tom Hanks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2013 8:00 PM
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This summer, one of the underrated highlights at the arthouse was Tobias Lindholm's "A Hijacking." It told the fictional tale of a ship taken over by Somali pirates, and the psychological toll it takes on both the hostages and company negotiating for the ship and the lives of the men on board. One of the most striking aspects of the film was that it kept the violence out of frame — most notably, the actual hijacking itself — humanizing both perpetrators and the victims all in one go. Granted, with Paul Greengrass at the helm of "Captain Phillips," one wouldn't expect he'd have the same approach but for those worried it would a one-sided tale, this new trailer reveals that's not the case.

Paul Greengrass' 'Captain Phillips' To Open 51st NYFF New York Film Festival; Check Out New Pics & Posters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2013 12:30 PM
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You can't have it all, Toronto. While the Canadian festival unveiled a slate last week that seemed to include every hot title you could think of left in 2013, today organizers of the New York Film Festival revealed that there's still much more to come, and they'll have their own big highlights that'll get cinephiles looking at the cost of flights.

20 Superhero Movies That Couldn't Fly All The Way To The Big Screen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 25, 2013 2:18 PM
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Superhero movies that never came to pass
This weekend "The Wolverine," starring Hugh Jackman as the adamantium-clawed avenger (is he ever not playing Wolverine?), will be slashing its way onto screens nationwide. But as fans know, this wasn't the original vision that Jackman and Fox had in mind. No, that version was to be helmed by Darren Aronofsky as his follow-up to his Oscar-winning "Black Swan," and we can only imagine what his take would've been on the story (based in part on the great Frank Miller/Chris Claremont run from the '80s) that serves as the foundation for this reboot. The movie's prolonged Japanese shoot was cited as the reason for his departure, but one also wonders if he would've been able to have the full creative sway he's used to.

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