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Movie Review: Captain Phillips

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , on 10/11/2013 by Taylor

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Stars: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, David Warshofsky

Rated PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use , Running time 134 minutes, Crime/Drama

Compare to: United 93 (2006)

Director Paul Greengrass has a love of filming things as close to life as they can be without being documentaries. The shaky camera, the ever-absent dramatic music, the naturalistic dialogue that allow actors to fumble over their words in mid-sentence; it all just works well for the highly suspenseful yet grounded take on whatever film he’s shooting.

That being said, Captain Phillips is a tough one to figure out. Well acted, yes. Well paced, yes. This “based on a true story” exploit of a man taken hostage by Somalian pirates feels intense, yet I was still left wondering what I was supposed to take away from it all. Continue reading

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Movie Review: Cloud Atlas

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , on 10/26/2012 by Taylor

Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, Keith David, Doona Bae, Susan Surandon, Ben Wishaw, Hugh Grant

Rated R for violence, language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use , 172 minutes, Drama/Mystery/Sci-Fi

Compare to: The Time Machine (2003), The Fountain (2006)

 Starting a review for a movie like Cloud Atlas is like filling your plate at a buffet table: regardless of how good or bad it may be, you just don’t know where to start. Six different time periods, six different stories, multiple characters and a hundred different ways for each of them to cross paths. It’s quite a web to weave.

One thing is for sure though, no matter what role Hugo Weaving takes on, be The Matrix, Transformers, The Lord of the Rings or this, he will be playing the jerk. In this life, or the next. Or the next. Or the next. Or the- I’m trying to be witty, okay? Work with me. Continue reading