Captain Phillips: A Great Tom Hanks Performance

Tom Hanks puts on one of the best performances of his career in Captain Phillips, a very intense film directed by Paul Greengrass. In 2009, the Maersk Alabama was hijacked by Somali pirates.  Paul Greengrass revisits the hijacking while directing from a script written by Billy Ray.  In this instance, the main focus is on Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) and pirate captain Abduwali Muse (Barkhad Abdi).  It may be hard to believe but Phillips…

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The Kindergarten Teacher Takes Us On A Ride

Sara Colangelo’s sophomore feature, The Kindergarten Teacher, takes audiences on a wild ride over the course of an hour and a half. Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a kindergarten teacher and she seems to be at a rather boring place in her career, going as far as telling her assistant (Anna Barynishikov) “to hell with the core curriculum.” As she teaches poetry classes at night, she soon learns that one of her students, Jimmy Roy…

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