The 'Captain' of This Ship

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 9, 2013
After the briefest bit of narrative establishment — Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks) at home prepping to leave for his latest assignment and his wife (Catherine Keener) dropping him off at the airport — the by-the-books sailor runs his crew through their paces sensing, it would seem, that something lurks on the horizon   

The World In This 'Cloud'

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I had to catch myself in Toronto during the festival press screening of Cloud Atlas, the new film from Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis (Andy and Lana), and carefully consider what it would mean to define their adaptation of David Mitchell’s book as “novelistic.”   

Toy Story 3 (Review)

Woody and Buzz strike again in Pixar's latest winner

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The twin heroes in Andy's toy constellation, the earnest cowboy Woody (Tom Hanks) and the galactic defender Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), are the two heads of the luckiest coin any boy could ever hope to own. But Andy is going off to college, which signals the end of the run for his childhood toys, right? 'Toy Story 3' shows that the Pixar team unfailingly sticks to a winning formula that runs completely counter to our accepted sense of what such formulas mean. Grade: A.  

Conan, DL Is for Download, Ticketmaster

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The nearly $2 million file-sharing fine leveled by a judge on behalf of the recording industry against a Minnesotan mother of four has been reduced 97 percent (to a still hefty $54,000) by a U.S. District Court judge who called the original fine "monstrous and shocking." (The woman reportedly "stole" 24 songs.)  

My Life in Ruins (Review)

Nia Vardalos' return falls flat

0 Comments · Friday, June 5, 2009
Nia Vardalos, along with husband-and-wife producers Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, hit the big time by accident with 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding,' so they figure, 'Let's try it again.' This time, Vardalos is an uptight American with a degree in ancient history who is slumming as a tour guide in Greece because she can't find a university job.  

Angels & Demons (Review)

Everyone takes Dan Brown way too seriously again

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tom Hanks (sans his greasy 'Da Vinci Code' mullet) is back as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, summoned by Vatican officials to help deal with a potential crisis. Though Dan Brown's 'Angels & Demons' book was written before 'Da Vinci,' a few knowing references here make it clear that the events in the movie post-date 'Da Vinci' and therefore the Church understands that Langdon knows his stuff. At its core, though, this is a movie about people racing around Rome trying to prevent an anti-matter explosion. Grade: C-.