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The Invisible Woman

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The Invisible Woman Movie

In the 1850s, Ellen Ternan is a minimally talented actress who catches the eye of the hailed British author, Charles Dickens. Bored with his intellectually unstimulating wife, Dickens takes the educated Ellen has his mistress with the cooperation of her mother. What follows is a stormy relationship with this literary giant who provides her with a life few women of her time can enjoy. Yet, Ellen is equally revolted by Charles’ emotional cruelty and determination to keep her secret. In that conflict, Ellen must judge her own role in her life and decide if the price she pays is bearable.

The Invisible Woman is a drama film directed by Ralph Fiennes and based on Claire Tomalin’s book The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens. It had its premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 9th, 2013.

Ralph Fiennes directs and stars as Charles Dickens in this opulent period drama about the great novelist’s passionate, years-long secret affair with the young actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones; Like Crazy).

Actress Nelly Ternan was performing in London’s Haymarket Theatre when she was first spotted by Charles Dickens, who subsequently cast her in a production of The Frozen Deep. The year was 1857. Dickens was forty-five and had been married some twenty years. Ternan was seventeen. The two began an affair, which was kept a secret from the general public for the duration of their lives. Theirs has since become one of the great love stories in literary history, as alluring for the speculation it inspires as for the details on record as fact.

Based on Claire Tomalin’s biography of Ternan, scripted by Abi Morgan, (The Iron Lady, Shame), and directed by the great English actor Ralph Fiennes — whose directorial debut, Coriolanus, screened at the Festival in 2011 — The Invisible Woman is a rapturous chronicle of Ternan and Dickens’s relationship, which prompted the end of Dickens’s marriage, survived a train crash, inspired characters and scenarios in some of the author’s most beloved novels, and continued until his death in 1870.

Felicity Jones’s performance as Ternan brims with passion and intelligence — the latter quality being one of the things that drew Dickens to Ternan in the first place. Dickens himself is embodied by Fiennes as a complicated artist torn between his desires and ideals and his need to uphold tradition and avoid scandal. Enveloped in opulent period detail, The Invisible Woman brings us closer to this giant of nineteenth-century prose — and to the woman who sustained his lust for life in his final years.

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The Invisible Woman

Directed by: Ralph Fiennes
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander, Charlotte Hope, Laurence Spellman, Jonathan Harden
Screenplay by: Abi Morgan
Production Design by: Maria Djurkovic
Cinematography by: Rob Hardy
Film Editing by: Nicolas Gaster
Costume Design by: Michael O’Connor
Set Decoration by: Tatiana Macdonald
Music by: Ilan Eshkeri
MPAA Rating: R for some sexual content.
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Release Date: December 25, 2013

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Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks

Taglines: When her book ended, their story began.

Two-time Academy Award–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen.

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.

It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

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Mr. Banks

Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Starring: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Colin Farrell
Screenplay by: Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith
Production Design by: Michael Corenblith
Cinematography by: John Schwartzman
Film Editing by: Mark Livolsi
Costume Design by: Daniel Orlandi
Set Decoration by: Susan Benjamin
Music by: Thomas Newman
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements including some unsettling images.
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: December 13, 2013

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Diana

Diana Movie

Taglines: The legend is never the whole story.

The film takes audiences into the private realm of one the world’s most iconic and inescapably public women — the Princess of Wales, Diana — in the last two years of her meteoric life. On the occasion of the 16th anniversary of her sudden death, acclaimed director Oliver Hirschbiegel explores Diana’s final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, the human complications of which reveal the Princess’s climactic days in a compelling new light.

Diana is a biographical drama film, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, about the last two years of the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. The screenplay is based on Kate Snell’s 2001 book Diana: Her Last Love, and was written by Stephen Jeffreys. British-Australian actress Naomi Watts plays the title role of Diana. The world premiere of the film was held in London on 5 September 2013. It was released in the UK on 20 September 2013. The film received negative reviews from both the British and American critics.

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Diana

Directed by: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Starring: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Douglas Hodge, Geraldine James, Charles Edwards, Juliet Stevenson
Screenplay by: Stephen Jeffreys
Production Design by: Kave Quinn
Cinematography by: Rainer Klausmann
Film Editing by: Hans Funck
Costume Design by: Julian Day
Set Decoration by: Niamh Coulter
Music by: Keefus Ciancia, David Holmes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language, some sensuality and smoking.
Studio: eOne Films
Release Date: November 1, 2013

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Kill Your Darlings

Kill Your Darlings

Kill Your Darlings is an American biographical drama film written by Austin Bunn and directed by John Krokidas in his feature film directorial debut. The film had its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, garnering positive first reactions. It was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and it had a limited theatrical North American release from October 16, 2013. Kill Your Darlings also became available on Blu-ray and DVD, March 18, 2014 in the US, followed by its UK release on April 21, 2014.

The story is about the college days of some of the earliest members of the Beat Generation, (Lucien Carr, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and David Kammerer) their interactions, and the killing in Riverside Park.

About the Story

As a young man in the 1940s, poet Allen Ginsberg wins a place at Columbia University in New York City. He arrives as a very inexperienced freshman, but soon runs into Lucien Carr, who is very anti-establishment and rowdy.

After a while, Ginsberg discovers that Carr only manages to stay at Columbia thanks to a somewhat older man, a professor, David Kammerer, who writes all of his term papers for him, and seems perhaps to have been an ex-lover of Carr’s. It appears that Kammerer is still in love with Carr, and is revealed to be pressuring Carr for sexual favors, in exchange for assuring that he cannot be expelled.

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Ginsberg soon meets, through Carr, William S. Burroughs, already far into drug experimentation. The writer Jack Kerouac, who was a sailor at that time and expelled from Columbia, also meets and spends time with them. Ginsberg takes part in various extreme escapades with this extraordinary group of people.

Carr eventually tells Kammerer he is done with him, and recruits Ginsberg (who has a crush on him) to write his term papers instead. After a while, Kerouac and Carr attempt to run off and join the merchant marine together, hoping to go to Paris.

There is a confrontation between Carr and Kammerer, during which Kammerer is killed by stabbing (and perhaps also by drowning). Carr is arrested, and asks Ginsberg to write his deposition for him. Ginsberg is at first reluctant to help the unstable Carr, but after digging up more crucial evidence on Kammerer and his past relationship, he writes a piece entitled “The Night in Question”. The piece describes a more emotional event, in which Carr kills Kammerer who outright tells him to after being threatened with the knife, devastated by this final rejection. Carr rejects the ‘fictional’ story, and begs a determined Ginsberg to not reveal it to anybody, afraid that it will ruin him in the ensuing trial.

We learn from Carr’s mother that Kammerer was the first person to seduce Carr, when he was much younger and lived in Chicago. After the trial we find out that Carr testified that the attack took place only because Kammerer was a sexual predator, and that Carr killed him in self-defense. Carr is not convicted of murder and receives only a short sentence.

Ginsberg then submits “The Night in Question” as his final term paper. On the basis of that shocking piece of prose, Ginsberg is faced with possible expulsion from Columbia. Either he must be expelled or he must embrace establishment values. He chooses the former, but is forced to leave his typescript behind. A week or two later he receives the typescript in the mail with an encouraging letter from his professor telling him to pursue his writing.

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Kill Your Darlings

Oirected by: John Krokidas
Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Michael C. Hall, Daniel Radcliffe, Jack Huston, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ben Foster. David Cross, Kyra Sedgwick
Screenplay by: John Krokidas, Austin Bunn
Production Design by: Stephen H. Carter
Cinematography by: Reed Morano
Film Editing by: Brian A. Kates
Costume Design by: Christopher Peterson
Set Decoration by: Sarah E. McMillan
Music by: Nico Muhly
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, language, drug use and brief violence.
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Release Date: October 18, 2013

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Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

Taglines: Dare to live.

In 1986 in Dallas, a man diagnosed with HIV (Matthew McConaughey), began smuggling alternative medicine with Rayon, an HIV-positive transgender woman (Leto). It is loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug taking, women loving, homophobic man who, in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live. He started taking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved AZT, the only legal drug available in the U.S, which brought him to the brink of death. To survive, he smuggled , anti-viral medications from all over the world, but still illegal in the U.S.

Other AIDS patients sought out his medications forgoing hospitals, doctors, and AZT. With the help of his doctor, Eve Saks (Jennifer Garner) and a fellow patient, Rayon, Ron unintentionally created the Dallas Buyers Club, the first of dozens which would form around the country, providing its paying members with these alternative treatments. The clubs, growing in numbers and clientele, were brought to the attention of the FDA and pharmaceutical companies, which waged an all out war on Ron. DBC follows Ron Woodroof’s personal fight to survive, which had lasted 2191 days when he died on September 12, 1992, six years after he was diagnosed with HIV.

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Dallas Buyers Club

Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, Steve Zahn, Dallas Roberts
Screenplay by: Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack
Production Design by: John Paino
Cinematography by: Yves Bélanger
Film Editing by: Martin Pensa, Jean-Marc Vallée
Costume Design by: Kurt and Bart
Set Decoration by: Robert Covelman
Art Direction by: Javiera Varas
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, nudity and drug use.
Studio: Focus Features
Release Date: November 1, 2013

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Tagliness It is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.

Nelson Mandela’s life story is told with this Justin Chadwick-directed adaptation of the once-imprisoned South African leader’s autobiography. William Nicholson provides the script, with Idris Alba and Naomie Harris heading up the cast.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a biographical film directed by Justin Chadwick and scripted by William Nicholson. The film is based on the 1994 book Long Walk to Freedom by anti-apartheid revolutionary and former South African President Nelson Mandela. The film is scheduled to premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in September, before being released on November 29, 2013. It stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a South African film based on Long Walk to Freedom, the 1995 autobiography by Nelson Mandela, a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician. Producer Anant Singh started working on the project after interviewing Mandela while he was still imprisoned two decades ago. Following the publication of Mandela’s autobiography, Singh was granted the rights to the film adaptation, which was completed 16 years later by screenwriter William Nicholson. The film is directed by Justin Chadwick.

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Directed by: Justin Chadwick
Starring: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto, Robert Hobbs, Grant Swanby, Terry Pheto
Screenplay by: William Nicholson
Production Design by: Johnny Breedt
Cinematography by: Lol Crawley
Film Editing by: Rick Russell
Costume Design by: Diana Cilliers, Ruy Filipe
Set Decoration by: Fred Du Preez, Melinda Launspach, Mandla Mathenjwa
Music by: Alex Heffes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and disturbing images, sexual content and brief strong language.
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Release Date: November 29, 2013

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The Fifth Estate

The Fifth Estate Movie

Taglines: You can’t expose the world’s secrets without your exposing your own.

Following Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl), an early supporter and eventual colleague of Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), “The Fifth Estate” traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks. The website’s overnight success brought instant fame to its principal architects and transformed the flow of information to news media and the world at large.

The Fifth Estate is a thriller film directed by Bill Condon, about the news-leaking website WikiLeaks. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as its editor-in-chief and founder Julian Assange, and Daniel Brühl as its former spokesperson Daniel Domscheit-Berg. Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Stanley Tucci, and Laura Linney are featured in supporting roles.

The film’s screenplay was written by Josh Singer based in-part on Domscheit-Berg’s book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange and the World’s Most Dangerous Website (2011), as well as WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy (2011) by British journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding. The film’s name is a term used to describe the people who operate in the manner of journalists outside the normal constraints imposed on the mainstream media.

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About the Story

The story opens in 2010, with the release of the Afghan War Logs. It then flashes back to 2007, where journalist Daniel Domscheit-Berg meets Australian computer hacker Julian Assange for the first time, at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin. Daniel’s interest in online activism has led him to Assange, with whom he has corresponded by email. They begin working together on WikiLeaks, a website devoted to releasing information being withheld from the public while retaining anonymity for its sources.

Their first major target is a private Swiss bank, Julius Baer, whose Cayman Islands branch has been engaged in illegal activities. Despite Baer’s filing of a lawsuit and obtaining an injunction, the judge dissolves the injunction, allowing Julian and Daniel to reclaim the domain name. As their confidence increases, the two push forward in publishing information over the next three years, including secrets on Scientology, revealing Sarah Palin’s email account, and the membership list of the British National Party.

At first Daniel enjoys changing the world, viewing WikiLeaks as a noble enterprise and Assange as a mentor. However, the relationship between the two becomes strained over time. Daniel loses his job and problems arise in his relationship, particularly concerning the BNP membership leak, which also revealed the addresses of the people involved, and caused several to lose their jobs.

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Assange openly mocks Daniel’s concerns about these issues, implying his own life has been more troubling. Assange’s abrasive manner and actions, such as abandoning Daniel at his parents’ house after having accepted their dinner invitation, only deepen the strain further. Interspersed throughout the film are flashbacks hinting at Assange’s troubled childhood and involvement in a suspicious cult, and that Assange’s obsession with WikiLeaks has more to do with childhood trauma than wanting to improve the world. Daniel begins to fear that Assange may be closer to a con-man than a mentor.

He also notices that Assange constantly gives different stories about why his hair is white. Assange at first tells Daniel that WikiLeaks has hundreds of workers, but Daniel later finds out that Daniel and Assange are the only members. Most importantly to Daniel, Assange frequently claims that protecting sources is the website’s number one goal. However, Daniel begins to suspect that Assange only cares about protecting sources so people will come forward and that Assange does not actually care who gets hurt by the website, though Assange claims that the harm the website may cause is outweighed by good the leaks create. Daniel’s girlfriend tells him that she believes in his cause, but that it’s his job to prevent Assange from going too far.

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The Fifth Estate

Directed by: Bill Condon
Starring: Peter Capaldi, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stanley Tucci, Carice van Houten, Laura Linney
Screenplay by: Daniel Domscheit-Berg, David Leigh
Production Design by: Mark Tildesley
Cinematography by: Tobias A. Schliessler
Film Editing by: Virginia Katz
Costume Design by: Shay Cunliffe
Set Decoration by: Véronique Melery, Lieven Baes
Music by: Carter Burwell
MPAA Rating: R for language and some violence.
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Release Date: October 18, 2013

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Rush

Rush Movie

Taglines: Everyone’s driven by something.

Rush is a biographical sports drama film centered on the rivalry between race car drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One motor-racing season. It was written by Peter Morgan, directed by Ron Howard and stars Chris Hemsworth as Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Lauda. The film premiered in London on September 2, 2013 and was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival before its United Kingdom release on September 13, 2013.

Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed—handsome English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error.

James Hunt and Niki Lauda are two highly skilled race car drivers who first develop a fierce rivalry in 1970 at a Formula Three race at the Crystal Palace circuit in England, when both their cars spin out and Hunt eventually wins the race. Hunt is a brash, young Briton with a penchant of vomiting before every race, while Lauda is a cool, calculating technical genius who relies on precision. After a falling out with his father, Lauda takes a large bank loan and buys his way into the BRM Formula One team, meeting teammate Clay Regazzoni for the first time.

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Meanwhile, Hesketh Racing, the fledgling racing team Hunt drives for, enters Formula One as well. Lauda then joins Scuderia Ferrari with Regazzoni and wins his first championship in 1975. Hesketh closes shop after failing to secure a sponsor, but Hunt manages to land a driving position in McLaren after Emerson Fittipaldi leaves the team. During this time, Hunt marries supermodel Suzy Miller, while Lauda develops a relationship with socialite Marlene Knaus.

The 1976 Formula One season starts with Lauda dominating the first two races while Hunt struggles to catch up. Hunt wins the Spanish Grand Prix, but is disqualified after a post-race inspection rules that his car is too wide. Struggling to comply to F1 rules, Hunt suffers a series of setbacks on the next few races, and his situation is further exacerbated when Suzy is discovered to have a relationship with Richard Burton. Following his divorce, he regains his competitive spirit and his disqualification in Spain is overturned, reinstating the points he lost and putting him back into championship contention. Meanwhile, Lauda marries Marlene in a private ceremony; he starts to have concerns about the effects of his marriage to his racing career.

At the German Grand Prix, Lauda urges the F1 committee to cancel the race due to rain on an already dangerous race track; the request is vetoed by majority of the racers after Hunt convinces them that Lauda fears losing the points race. Both Hunt and Lauda start the race with rain tires, which becomes a costly tactic due to most of the track quickly drying up.

They both pit to change tires during the second lap, but halfway toward the third lap, a suspension arm in Lauda’s Ferrari breaks, sending the car crashing violently into an embankment before it bursts into flames and is further hit by other cars on the track. Lauda is airlifted to the hospital with third-degree burns to his head and toxic fumes in his lungs. For the next six weeks, Lauda is treated for his injuries while he watches his rival dominate the rest of the season. Against his doctor’s orders, he returns behind the wheel of his Ferrari at the Italian Grand Prix to finish fourth while Hunt fails to finish the race.

The 1976 season comes to a climax at the rain-soaked Japanese Grand Prix, with Lauda leading Hunt by three points. By the end of the second lap, Lauda returns to the pits and retire from the race, opting to stay with his wife instead of risking his life again on the track. After facing stiff competition under grueling conditions and overcoming a late pit stop, Hunt finishes third, giving him enough points to beat Lauda by one point and win the championship. He spends the rest of the year with fame, sex, and drugs, while Lauda takes an interest in flying private planes.

At a private airfield, Lauda suggests for Hunt to focus on the next racing season, but later on realizes that Hunt no longer has anything to prove. Hunt continues to race until his retirement in 1979, and becomes a motorsport broadcast commentator until his death in 1993 at the age of 45.

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Rush

Directed by: Ron Howard
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Pierfrancesco Favino, Natalie Dormer, Stephen Mangan
Screenplay by: Peter Morgan
Production Design by: Mark Digby
Cinematography by: Anthony Dod Mantle
Film Editing by: Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill
Costume Design by: Julian Day
Set Decoration by: Michelle Day
Art Direction by: Katrina Dunn
Music by: Hans Zimmer
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: September 20, 2013

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Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips Movie

Taglines: Out here survival is everything.

Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is – through Paul Greengrass’s distinctive lens – simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization.

The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

Captain Phillips is an American action thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks. The film is a biopic of Captain Richard Phillips who was taken hostage by Somali Pirates during the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009.

The film is directed by Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray based upon the book, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, and Michael De Luca. It is scheduled to be released on October 11, and will have its premiere showing at the 2013 New York Film Festival.

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About the Story

Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) takes command of the MV Maersk Alabama, an unarmed container ship from the Port of Salalah in Oman, with orders to sail through the Gulf of Aden to Mombasa in the African Great Lakes region. Wary of pirate activity off the coast of the Horn of Africa, he and First Officer Shane Murphy (Michael Chernus) order strict security precautions on the vessel and carry out practice drills. During a drill, the vessel is chased by Somali pirates in two skiffs, and Phillips calls for help. Knowing that the pirates are listening to radio traffic, he pretends to answer the call and to promise immediate air support. One skiff turns around in response, and the other loses engine power trying to steer through the Alabama’s wake.

The next day one of the skiffs, fitted with both outboard engines, returns with four heavily armed pirates led by Abduwali Muse (Barkhad Abdi). Despite the best efforts of Phillips and his crew, the pirates secure their ladder to the Maersk Alabama. As they board, Phillips tells the crew to hide in the engine room and allows himself to be captured. He offers Muse the $30,000 in the ship’s safe, but Muse’s orders are to ransom the ship and crew in exchange for millions of dollars of insurance money from the shipping company.

While they search the ship, Murphy sees that the youngest pirate Bilal (Barkhad Abdirahman) does not have sandals and tells the crew to line the engine room hallway with broken glass. Chief Engineer Mike Perry (David Warshofsky) cuts power to the ship, plunging the lower decks into darkness. Bilal cuts his feet when they reach the engine room, and Muse continues to search alone. The crew members ambush Muse and arrange to release him into a lifeboat to get the intruders off the ship. However, the pirates refuse to release Phillips, and the lifeboat launches with all five of them on board.

As the lifeboat heads for the shore, tensions flare between the pirates as they run low on the herb stimulant khat and lose contact with their mother ship. Najee (Faysal Ahmed) becomes agitated and tries to convince the others to kill Phillips. They are later intercepted by the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Bainbridge. The Bainbridge ’​s captain Frank Castellano (Yul Vazquez) is ordered to prevent the pirates from reaching the mainland by any means necessary. Even when additional ships arrive, Muse asserts that he has come too far and will not surrender. The negotiators are unable to change his mind and a DEVGRU SEAL team parachutes in to intervene.

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Captain Phillips

Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Starring: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, John Magaro, Max Martini, Michael Chernus, Chris Mulkey
Screenplay by: Billy Ray
Production Design by: Paul Kirby
Cinematography by: Barry Ackroyd
Film Editing by: Christopher Rouse
Costume Design by: Mark Bridges
Set Decoration by: Dominic Capon, Corey Hughes-Shaw
Music by: Henry Jackman
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use.
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: October 11, 2013

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Parkland

Parkland Movie

Recounting the chaotic events that occurred in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, Parkland weaves together the perspectives of a handful of ordinary individuals suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances: the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital; Dallas’ chief of the Secret Service; an unwitting cameraman who captured what became the most watched and examined film in history; the FBI agents who nearly had the gunman within their grasp; the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald, left to deal with his shattered family; and JFK’s security team, witnesses to both the president’s death and Vice President Lyndon Johnson’s rise to power over a nation whose innocence was forever altered.

Parkland is an American historical drama film that recounts the chaotic events that occurred following John F. Kennedy’s assassination. The film is written and directed by Peter Landesman, produced by Playtone’s Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and Bill Paxton with Exclusive Media’s Nigel and Matt Sinclair. The film is based on Vincent Bugliosi’s 2008 book Four Days in November: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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Parkland

Directed by: Peter Landesman
Starring: Zac Efron, Tom Welling, James Badge Dale, Marcia Gay Harden, Mark Duplass, Colin Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Ron Livingston
Screenplay by: Peter Landesman
Production Design by: Bruce Curtis
Cinematography by: Barry Ackroyd
Film Editing by: Markus Czyzewski, Leo Trombetta
Costume Design by: Kari Perkins
Art Direction by: Rodney Becker
Music by: James Newton Howard
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for bloody sequences of ER trauma procedures, some violent images and language, and smoking throughout.
Studio: Exclusive Media Group
Release Date: September 20, 2013

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