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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Five Came Back by Mark Harris

Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War tells the stories of five film directors who enlisted to serve in the military during World War 2. John Ford, George Stevens, John Huston, William Wyler, and Frank Capra may be known best for their Oscar-winning films.  What you might not know about the five directors are that they did their part during WW2.  Thanks to Mark Harris’ brilliant book, we get insight…

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22 July: Is it Too Soon?

No stranger to terrorism, filmmaker Paul Greengrass turns to Norway and tells the story of the deadliest terrorist attack in the country’s history in 22 July. For citizens in Norway, July 22, 2011 started out like any ordinary day.  Nothing out of the usual was happening but things soon got bloody.  When a far-right extremist detonated a car bomb in Oslo, some 77 people would lose their lives.  If this wasn’t enough, there would be…

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