Tag Archives: Tom Hanks

Cinema Review – A Hologram for the King

Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) travels to Saudi Arabia, where the King is determined to set up a new city in the desert. Clay needs to sell holographic teleconferencing to the project, but with no sign of the King or the person he was told was his main contact, all hope seems to be fading away. While waiting for his luck to change, Clay befriends his driver Yousef (Alexander Black) and begins to learn more about the country he finds himself in, but it is when a medical emergency forces him to go to hospital that his life changes utterly. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Bridge of Spies

During the Cold War in 1957, a Soviet spy named Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) is caught in Brooklyn, and charged for his crimes. Insurance lawyer Jim B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is drafted in to represent Abel, to ensure he gets a fair trial. After convincing the judge that Abel should not be put to death for espionage, and after a U-2 spy plane is shot down over Russia, Donovan travels to Berlin to negotiate a prisoner exchange between the two countries. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Saving Mr Banks

In the early 1960s P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) is flown to LA to meet with Walt Disney (Tom Hanks). The idea is to turn Travers’ beloved Mary Poppins books into a film, but she is famously protective of her character. While working on the script, Travers thinks back to her childhood, and the beautiful, yet tragic, events that inspired the creation of her beloved Mary Poppins. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Captain Phillips

Based on a true story, Captain Phillips tells the story of a 2009 hijacking of the US cargo vessel, the MV Maersk Alabama. Tom Hanks plays the title character, captain of the ship, who finds himself having to defend his cargo from hijacking, the first such attempt on a US vessel in 200 years. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

A year after Oskar’s father dies in the 9/11 attacks in New York City, he discovers a key hidden among his father’s belongings. With just one clue to go on – the name ‘Black’ – Oskar sets about solving his father’s final mystery. The search leads him across the city, and into the paths of an eclectic assortment of people. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Angels and Demons

Angels and Demons is getting a bad name. I would like to point out, first and foremost, that the book is an “airport” book, one you grab on the way to a transatlantic flight. The movie is the same kind of idea. It was never meant to challenge your ideal, but to be good fun and entertaining, and it is both of these things. Continue reading

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