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Crafts Roundup: The Year of Cinematographers Capturing Turmoil On Screen

It's been a great year for cinematography, with such an emphasis on survival, turmoil and trying to find beauty or redemption within the suffering. The cinematographers of "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave," "Captain Phillips," "Nebraska," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "The Grandmaster," and "Rush" talk striking that cruel-beautiful visual balance, below.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 26, 2013 2:15 PM
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Truth, Fiction, and Somali Pirates: 'Captain Phillips' vs. 'Stolen Seas'

One is a riveting Hollywood adventure, the other a searching and nuanced documentary, but "Captain Phillips" and "Stolen Seas" -- which, taken together, comprise the year's most engaging double bill -- traverse similar narrative and thematic terrain. Both ask, in every sense one might mean the phrase, where the truth lies.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • November 19, 2013 4:24 PM
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Oscar Talk: Where Are We Now?

In Contention's Kris Tapley and I look at where the Oscar race is now. We check out the strengths and weaknesses of the New York Film Festival entries "Captain Phillips," Spike Jonze's "Her," and Ben Stiller's "Secret Life of Walter Mitty." We agree that Tom Hanks reminds us of what a real performance looks like.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 25, 2013 12:00 PM
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Tom Hanks Talks His 'Life in Pictures,' Hair-Raising 'Captain Phillips' and Sugar-Coating Walt Disney at London Film Festival (CLIPS)

During his 33-year career Tom Hanks has branched into writing, directing and producing, both in film and television. But it was as an actor that he was in London this month, performing a rare double as his films "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks" opened and closed the London Film Festival, respectively. While in London Hanks discussed his craft and career at BAFTA’s latest “Life in Pictures” event, a series of onstage interviews whose subjects have included Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. “The first job I ever got was because I was louder and funnier than the others – or maybe just louder,” he said.
  • By Demetrios Matheou
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  • October 20, 2013 3:22 PM
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Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca Talk Controversial 'Captain Phillips,' Rating, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' UPDATED

One sign of success in Hollywood is controversy. Well-reviewed Somali pirate saga "Captain Phillips" is hanging in at the box office against the fall onslaught because it combines a powerful true story with consummate moviemaking from director Paul Greengrass, who not only efficiently builds tension but shows us not only the POV of the heroic kidnapped Captain Richard Phillips and his crew but their Somali pirate torturers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 18, 2013 5:17 PM
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'Captain Phillips' Opens Well Against Mighty 'Gravity' at Number One

Two well-reviewed, high-quality films -- "Gravity" and "Captain Phillips" -- lead the Top 10 this weekend with impressive numbers. The studios, building on such late 2012 successes as "Argo," "Lincoln" and "The Life of Pi," are continuing to push a small number of awards-targeted quality projects at low-risk, non-tentpole budgets. The bad news is that business is really, really bad. Only three films did solid business, the top two and in its third go-round, "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2." The top 10 grossed $105 million, down 10% from last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 13, 2013 2:01 PM
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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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This Weekend: Don't Miss Riveting 'Captain Phillips'; Plus Disney Nightmare 'Escape from Tomorrow' and Franco's Faulkner Arrive

The film to see this weekend is Paul Greengrass' breathless, beyond-intense thriller "Captain Phillips," anchored by knockout performances by veteran Tom Hanks and newcomer Barkhad Abdi. Based on the real-life saga of a cargo ship captain held hostage by Somali pirates, the film is cruising into awards season with strong reviews off its NYFF world premiere, along with some controversy.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 10, 2013 3:06 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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