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Immersed in Movies: Greengrass and Hanks Talk Moments of Crisis in 'Captain Phillips'

Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks discuss authenticity and emotional truth in the fact-based high-seas drama, "Captain Phillips."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 11, 2013 1:23 PM
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Review: Greengrass Turns Screws with Intense Real-Life Thriller 'Captain Phillips,' Starring Oscar-Contender Hanks

Given that Captain Richard Phillips turned up at the L.A. premiere on Skype and wrote the memoir on which this adventure is based, it is not news that he survived. But Tom Hanks' extraordinary acting in the last few scenes, from when he's bound and trapped at gunpoint in a bobbing claustrophobic lifeboat to the finale, will earn the two-time Oscar-winner his sixth nomination.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 3, 2013 2:47 PM
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Review Roundup UPDATE: 'Captain Phillips' a Gripping Thriller with Outstanding Performance by Tom Hanks (NEW TRAILER)

Reviews continue to roll in for Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips," following its New York Film Festival premiere. The breathless thriller stars Tom Hanks in the title role as a real-life cargo ship captain contending with Somali pirates. Check out the critical reactions, plus the new trailer for the film, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 30, 2013 2:11 PM
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Paul Greengrass' 'Captain Phillips,' Starring Tom Hanks, to Open 57th BFI London Film Festival

Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips" will open the 57th BFI London Film Festival on October 9. Greengrass and star Tom Hanks, who plays the eponymous real-life cargo ship captain who contended with Somali pirates, are scheduled to attend the festival's screening.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2013 11:22 AM
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New York Film Festival to Open with Paul Greengrass Oscar Hopeful 'Captain Phillips,' Starring Tom Hanks

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that its upcoming 51st New York Film Festival will open with Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks in the real-life tale of a cargo ship captain contending with Somali pirates.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • July 29, 2013 12:31 PM
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In the Works: Paul Greengrass in Talks to Helm 'Trial of the Chicago 7,' from Aaron Sorkin's Script

Director Paul Greengrass is in final talks to helm "The Trial of the Chicago 7," from a script by Aaron Sorkin. The much-delayed film follows a defining moment of 1960s American history: the trial of the seven individuals charged with conspiracy and rioting during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The project at one point had Steven Spielberg attached.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 24, 2013 2:01 PM
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Trailer Watch: Tom Hanks Fends Off Somali Pirates in Paul Greengrass' 'Captain Phillips'

The first trailer has arrived for Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks in the real-life story of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 10, 2013 11:53 AM
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Now and Then: 'Haywire,' 'Bourne' Trilogy Prove That Style Is Substance

Steven Soderbergh is a tough guy to peg. He made his name with a densely talkative indie about orgasms ("sex, lies, and videotape"), and in 22 films since has tackled everything from classy capers ("Out of Sight, the "Ocean's" trilogy) to the biopic of an iconic revolutionary ("Che"). But one thing is clear: the man's got style.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • May 7, 2012 6:06 AM
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FIRST LOOK: 'Bourne Legacy' Reboot, Jeremy Renner is Aaron Cross

Universal Pictures has released the first images from the reboot "Bourne Legacy": a photograph of Jeremy Renner in the role of an American super-spy, and an austere poster flashing Renner's moniker under the tagline "Prepare for the unexpected."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 8, 2012 12:23 PM
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Film in the Decade Since 9/11: From Superheroes to Westerns, What Came After

Film in the Decade Since 9/11: From Superheroes to Westerns, What Came After
This week's “Now and Then” column started out comparing and contrasting two movies about assassins — Hanna (Joe Wright, 2011) and Léon: the Professional (Luc Besson, 1994)—and ended up ruminating on 9/11. Trailers below:Life and culture are too messy to be divided into easy categories like “Before” and “After,” but for all the continuities in the way films are made and viewed, a long view of the last decade reveals some important, if subtle, shifts. Watching the network news coverage of September 11 to prepare for this column, I was reminded of how much we didn’t know that day, how much our fear stemmed from no longer being able to control the course of events.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • September 12, 2011 11:36 AM
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