Toronto 2019: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood tells the story of a journalist who befriends Fred Rogers while writing a profile on heroes for Esquire. From the moment that the film starts and Fred Rogers opens the door to put on the cardigan, the emotions certainly began to hit.  How can they not?  We’re talking about a true American hero who represents the very best that society has to offer.  After all, he’s Mister Rogers–the man…

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Toy Story 4 Could Be A Satisfying Conclusion

Toy Story 4 could very well be a satisfying conclusion and the end of the line for the 24-year-old Disney-Pixar franchise. The opening prologue starts out some nine years ago when the team comes together to save a toy.  Unbeknownst to them, Bo Peep (Annie Potts) is set to be given away.  It’s not an easy farewell for Woody (Tom Hanks) after all they’ve been through but all one can do is move forward in…

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That Thing You Do! Offers A Rocking Soundtrack

Ripping on musical one-hit wonders, Tom Hanks’ That Thing You Do! is one of the best feature directorial debuts of all time. When jazz drummer Guy Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) is asked by some friends to fill in for Chad (Giovanni Ribisi), he’s about to go on the ride of his life.  It’s a simple plan, really.  All Guy has to do is play drums for the night along side Jimmy Mattingly (Johnathon Schaech), Lenny Haise…

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Saving Private Ryan: 20 Years Later

Steven Spielberg’s war film, Saving Private Ryan, not only redefined the genre for war movies but the film holds up on the 20th anniversary. Twenty years after seeing the film in theaters in 1998, the World War 2 drama features the most intense opening in cinematic history.  Following a bookend featuring the older James Ryan (Harrison Young), the opening runs close to a half hour alone.  Spielberg manages to recreate the Normandy Invasion of June…

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California Typewriter: Documentary is Nostalgic

California Typewriter is a nostalgic documentary that will make you think about what life was like in the days before computers, smart phones, and the internet. The doc gets its name from California Typewriter, one of the few repair shops left standing.  The shop is dedicated to making sure the typewriters are working. While many of us will send quick notes by email or text, award-winning actor Tom Hanks is one who will still type…

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A Hologram for The King: Tom Hanks brings book to life

A Hologram for the King brings Tom Hanks back to the big screen for the first time since last year’s Bridge of Spies. After seeing Hanks in so many studio films over the years, it’s an interesting refresher to see Hanks play in an indie film for a change. Written and Directed by Tom Tykwer, the movie is based on Dave Eggers’ novel. Hanks leads a cast that features Sarita Choudhury, Alexander Black, Tom Skerritt,…

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