Tom Hanks in 'Captain Phillips' (Sony)

Review: ‘Captain Phillips,’ Tom Hanks in a Gritty, Exhausting, and Rewarding Thriller

Tom Hanks gives a first-rate performance in a real-life tale of modern piracy on the high seas. Continue reading Review: ‘Captain Phillips,’ Tom Hanks in a Gritty, Exhausting, and Rewarding Thriller

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Doona Bae in 'Cloud Atlas' (Warner Bros.)

Review: ‘Cloud Atlas’ Aims to Be Profound, But Falls Gloriously Short

Wildly ambitious, visually sumptuous, and head-achingly confounding, Cloud Atlas is an experience that aims to be profoundly moving. Whether it succeeds is another matter entirely. Continue reading Review: ‘Cloud Atlas’ Aims to Be Profound, But Falls Gloriously Short

Review: Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3

Like most sequels, Toy Story 3 follows in the formulaic footsteps of its predecessors.

Unlike the blueprints for most sequels, however, Pixar’s formula is good. As a result, Toy Story 3 is a warm, very funny, character-based adventure that is filled with inventive turns. Broken down to its essence, it’s still “toys get separated, must get home,” but the film finds new ways to explore old dilemmas. Rather than simply amp up one element at the expense of another — more explosions! more villains! — everything remains well-balanced. New characters are introduced, yet they don’t steal the spotlight away from the core cast.

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