sully

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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Inferno Featurette

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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Sully Trailer - Tom Hanks

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 »

Inferno trailer

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 KhanOmar SyBen Foster, and Sidse Babett Knudsen also star. Watch the latest Inferno trailer below.  Read More »

Ithaca trailer

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 »

sully trailer

The last few movies Clint Eastwood made based on real people didn’t turn out so well. J. EdgarThe 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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Inferno Trailer

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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inferno trailer

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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A League of Their Own Reunion

There are an abundance of great baseball movies out there, from Field of Dreams to The Sandlot. But more often than not, ladies who play baseball don’t get the spotlight on the big screen. That’s what makes A League of Their Own so special, and that’s why it was previously selected for preservation  in the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress in 2012.

This past weekend, fans of A League of Their Own who happened to be attending the Bentonville Film Festival, which was co-founded by star Geena Davis, received a special treat by seeing a mini-reunion featuring some of the key players from the movie, along with a real member of the AAGPBL who played for the Rockford Peaches, the team portrayed in the film. See the A League of Their Own reunion photo after the jump. Read More »

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Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones in Inferno

Tom Hanks can currently be seen onscreen in Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram for the Kingnot that anyone would know, considering the total lack of marketing or buzz surrounding that movie. But Sony is taking pains to ensure Hanks’ next movie will not be so completely overlooked. The studio has dropped the first action-packed trailer for Inferno, which sees Hanks reprising his role from The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons as symbologist Robert Langdon.

This time, the good professor wakes up in Florence with a seriously disturbing case of amnesia. With the help of Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), he finds himself in a race against time to stop a deadly plague meant to “solve” the world’s overpopulation problem. Dante’s Inferno is also involved, somehow, hence the title. Watch the Inferno teaser trailer below.  Read More »