Bridge of Spies

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Oct 132015

Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks) meets with his client Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), a Soviet agent arrested in the U.S. in DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 PIctures' dramatic thriller BRIDGE OF SPIES, directed by Steven Spielberg.

A new film from Steven Spielberg is here, surprisingly without the usual buzz. While his most recent films Lincoln and War Horse were long tipped to feature in the Oscar nominees, and released for Christmas or in January, Bridge of Spies has been smoothly unveiled without fuss in October. That’s not to say that it won’t end up being a player again this year, but it is refreshing to just watch the film without those added expectations.

What is striking throughout The Bridge of Spies is the confidence in the craftsmanship – the polished competency present in every frame. The veteran Spielberg, directing his 29th feature film across five decades, is a master of the cinematic medium. One can’t deny that this is a maturely constructed and intelligently conceived film. Though features like Schindler’s List, Minority Report and Munich suggest otherwise, Spielberg’s films often adhere to conventions and stereotype and serve as widely consumable crowd-pleasers. Bridge of Spies, a true-life Cold War historical drama of shady allegiance and daring espionage, is one such film. It tells a compelling American story starring one of American’s heroes of the screen, Mr. Tom Hanks.

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Saving Mr. Banks

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Dec 242013

A determined writer, a timeless story, an unpleasant past, a spoon full of sugar and Walt Disney. Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks tell us the story of Disney acquiring the rights to Mary Poppins, and the hell that came with it. My review of Saving Mr. Banks after the jump.

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Captain Phillips

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Oct 042013


Do you know much about the piracy hostage attack in 2009 that involved four Somali pirates and an American captain? If you responded with ‘I’m sorry, what?’ then let director Paul Greengrass and star Tom Hanks tell you a truly incredible story. My review of Captain Phillips after the jump.

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Cloud Atlas

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Mar 112013


Six timelines, multiple central characters, multi-layered narratives with identical structures and a menagerie of genres that more than defy convention all at the hands of three directors. Cloud Atlas is the love child from writer/directors; Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Bound) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Perfume; The Story Of A Murderer) and is based on the novel by David Mitchell. Does the ambition of this 172 minute long film outweigh the quality? Does Hugo Weaving really play an Asian man AND an older woman? Find out what in the hell I’m talking about after the jump.

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