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Watch: New Trailer For Paul Greengrass' Pulse-Pounding 'Captain Phillips' Starring Tom Hanks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 9:30 AM
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As you're now slowly releasing the grip from your chair from last night's episode of "Breaking Bad," you better ready to hang on to something else as Paul Greengrass' thriller "Captain Phillips" is on the way. And another brand new trailer is here more than adequately selling the heart-stopping ride audiences will be going on.

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.

Oscars: What Films Are Looking Good Coming Out Of Venice, Telluride & TIFF?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2013 4:36 PM
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With Venice and Telluride in the rear-view mirror, and TIFF starting to wind down (we've still coverage to come, but very few films remain that haven't been screened to press), it feels like the perfect time to kick off, for real, our annual awards coverage. There's a part of you that groans, and that's fair enough -- it does feel like only yesterday that we were talking "Argo" vs. "Life of Pi" and so on, but even with five months to go until the ceremony itself, over half of the film that'll be in play have been unveiled. And you can bet your bottom dollar that Oscar campaigns have been underway for weeks, if not months.

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.

New Pics From The Fall Film Season: 'Labor Day,' 'Out Of The Furnace,' 'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Captain Phillips,' Fifth Estate' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 6:20 PM
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New Pics From The Fall Film Season: 'Labor Day,' 'Out Of The Furnace,'
Fall movie season is upon us, which means that things are getting serious. The character pieces and adult dramas are finally coming out of the art houses and will soon be flooding the multiplexes as well, as various prestige pictures jockey for end-of-the-year critics lists and awards consideration. With that in mind, a whole slew of new photos have been unleashed for some of these prestige pics (many of them made our fall preview, and our Toronto International Film Festival preview too)—and guess what? We've got them for your scrolling pleasure.

Our 16 Most Anticipated Films Of The Fall

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 5, 2013 12:47 PM
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2013 Fall Film Preview, Her, American Hustle, Counselor
With this week feeling, release-wise, a little like the industry at large is taking a deep breath while effecting the gear change from Summer tentpole scheduling to awards season programming, it’s a good moment to pause and take a look at the goodies to come in the waning months of 2013. It’s a pretty stellar lineup, as films we've seen throughout the festival year start to make their way into awards-friendly end-of-year slots, vying with films we haven't yet seen but have been patiently, and in some cases pantingly, looking forward to for months now. In fact the lineup is so stellar that for the purposes of whittling down a manageable list of the films we're most anticipating, we made the decision to exclude anything that features in our Most Anticipated Toronto Internatioal Film Festival list just to narrow the field a little.

Check Out New Pics From 'Her,' 'Gravity,' 'The Dallas Buyer's Club' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2013 9:45 AM
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The upcoming fall slate of movies—ranging from prestige-dressed awards season contenders to down and dirty grindhouse flicks—can feel like an avalanche of choices. But it's also the time of year when it's generally a rich avalanche of choices, rescuing movie fans from dreary CGI slop of the summer. And so to help get you prepared, a batch of pics from movies arriving before the end of 2013 have landed. So what's in store?

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.

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