This weekend brings the true story Sully to the big screen. The film directed by Clint Eastwood stars Tom Hanks as real life airline pilot Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the man who landed a passenger plane in the Hudson river after something went terribly wrong shortly after take-off from LaGuardia Airport. The movie has been received fairly well with an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of this writing (though our own David Chen didn’t find it wholly compelling), but it appears there may be a more interesting biographical drama on the horizon.
While Tom Hanks is the one bringing Captain Sullenberger to life, Hollywood decided that the airline pilot was the best choice to star in a film called Hanks, a biopic about actor Tom Hanks and his rise to fame. Covering his career from the sitcom Bosom Buddies to his Oscar-winning turn in Philadelphia and more, this biopic looks like another awards contender in the making.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 by David Chen
Clint Eastwood’s Sully has one of the most tense, nail-biting plane-landing sequences ever put to film. Based on the real-life story of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s “Miracle on the Hudson,” Sully features Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckart as pilots flying US Airways Flight 1549 on the morning both of its engines failed shortly after takeoff. As the plane begins its descent into the Hudson River, we see diverse groups of New York civil servants galvanized into action, all of them attempting to save innocent passengers’ lives. It’s riveting and inspiring, even as we already know how this particular story will end.
Unfortunately, the rest of the film is not as compelling, featuring a few interesting ideas about the events of that day that are never fully explored. See my full video review of Sully below.
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Robert Langdon is back. Six years after Angels & Demons, director Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are returning to a character they can’t seem to get enough of. While the previous adaptations of Dan Brown‘s novels left much to be desired, these movies make good money at the box-office. There’s an audience for Langdon’s adventures, and that audience will likely be happy to see Hanks back in the role next month.
Below, a new Inferno featurette dives into the latest Robert Langdon mystery.
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In recent years, Tom Hanks has played a couple real life heroes. From his titular role in Captain Phillips to his turn as one hell of a lawyer in Bridge of Spies, Hanks is the perfect everyman to bring these men to life. This year he adds one more to his career in Sully, the latest drama from Clint Eastwood, based on the real life story of heroic pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who glided his plane along the Hudson River, saving the life of all those aboard.
But while everyone knows about his heroic efforts that saved everyone on board that plane, most don’t know about the pesky investigation that followed which created plenty of trouble for Sully in both his life and career. Get a taste of the aftermath of The Miracle on the Hudson in the new Sully trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
Forgetfulness is so in right now. We’ve already done the “amnesiac hero” thing twice this summer, with Jason Bourne and Finding Dory, and the trend will extend into this fall with Inferno. The third film in the Da Vinci Code series brings back Tom Hanks as symbologist Robert Langdon, who wakes up in an Italian hospital with no memory of how he got there. As he tries to piece together his missing days, he comes to realize he’s the only one who can stop a madman from unleashing a devastating virus.
Felicity Jones follows Audrey Tautou and Ayelet Zurer as Langdon’s young brunette companion du jour, and Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Ben Foster, and Sidse Babett Knudsen also star. Watch the latest Inferno trailer below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
Throughout the 1990s, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were the romcom golden couple. They kicked off the decade with Joe Versus the Volcano, reunited for the all-time classic Sleepless in Seattle, and finished up with 1998’s You’ve Got Mail. Now, nearly 20 years later, they’re teaming up again for a very different kind of movie.
Ithaca is Ryan’s directorial debut, and it’s a far cry from the fizzy love stories that were once her bread and butter. The drama stars Alex Neustaedter (USA’s Colony) as a young bicycle messenger coming of age during World War II. Jack Quaid plays his older brother, who’s off fighting the war, and Hanks and Ryan play their parents. Hamish Linklater and Sam Shepard also star. John Mellencamp provided original music. Watch the first Ithaca trailer below. Read More »
The last few movies Clint Eastwood made based on real people didn’t turn out so well. J. Edgar, The Jersey Boys, and even his biggest hit as a filmmaker, American Sniper, are strangely cold and clinical movies. The same goes for Changeling and Invictus, but let’s hope that’s not the case with Sully, which comes out later this year and stars Tom Hanks. Below, check out the first Sully trailer to see Tom Hanks’ transformation into Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.
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In what has essentially become a more deadly, less entertaining version of National Treasure, the adaptations of Dan Brown‘s book series following symbologist Robert Langdon continues this fall with Inferno. Back in the lead role is Tom Hanks, but this time his character has a little bit of a problem: he’s lost part of his memory.
A new international Inferno trailer finally lays out this important plot detail after all the previous teases of the movie left it out. Thankfully, despite this handicap, Langdon still has all those years he spent in school to help him decipher codes and puzzles created for him to stop a plague, but there are some key pieces of information he seems to have lost after an accident.
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It’s been a decade since The Da Vinci Code hit theaters and seven years since the same team adapted Angels & Demons and it’s a little surprising just how little director Ron Howard‘s adaptations of author Dan Brown’s art history-themed airport thrillers have remained in pop culture consciousness. Tom Hanks playing a bookish, thinking man’s Indiana Jones who galavants around Europe solving mysteries tied to art and architecture should be fun, but it’s hard to remember anything at all about the previous two movies in this series. They’re serviceable. They’re watchable. They’re fine.
But they also made a ton of money (especially on the international stage), so Howard and Hanks are back for the adaptation of Inferno and the new trailer looks…silly. Like, really, really silly. Silly enough that I feel compelled to actually see the film because I need to know if the actual movie is as preposterous as what I’m seeing in the preview.
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