'Inferno': Tom Hanks can hold up a franchise

Nov 2, 2016

'Inferno': Tom Hanks can hold up a franchise

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Times will change and tides will always turn, but there’s one thing you can count on: movies starring Tom Hanks. No matter what else is happening in the world, Tom Hanks is routinely waiting at the multiplex in yet another mega-budget, blockbuster vehicle that ...

'Sully': Ditching the plane to save lives

Sep 28, 2016

'Sully': Ditching the plane to save lives

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For a while I thought Harrison Ford should run for U.S. president, but now I’m convinced Tom Hanks is the one, with Clint Eastwood as secretary of state. The two have teamed up for “Sully” (Eastwood directing and Hanks as the titular character), the ...

Spielberg captures Cold War fears in 'Bridge of Spies'

Jan 6, 2016

Spielberg captures Cold War fears in 'Bridge of Spies'

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Mankind owes much to Steven Spielberg. Without him, many of us would never have known the existence of Oskar Schindler (“Schindler’s List”), become aware of the events behind the Munich Olympics in 1972 (“Munich”), seen the U.S. slave trade depicted in a major Hollywood ...

Hanks, Sting lead list of Kennedy Center honorees

Sep 5, 2014

Hanks, Sting lead list of Kennedy Center honorees

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and British rock-pop legend Sting are among the recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, the highest U.S. award for living performing artists. U.S. actress Lily Tomlin, soul singer Al Green and ballerina Patricia McBride round out the list of ...

Second opinion: Our Top 3 films in cross-review

Dec 26, 2013

Second opinion: Our Top 3 films in cross-review

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Regular JT film critics Mark Schilling, Kaori Shoji and Giovanni Fazio got together at the Uplink theater/restaurant in Shibuya to talk about each other’s No. 1 films for 2013: “Cloud Atlas” (Fazio), “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (Shoji) and “Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The ...

'Cloud Atlas'

Mar 15, 2013

'Cloud Atlas'

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‘The nature of our immortal lives lies in the consequences of our actions.” Thus spake Sonmi-451, a Fabricant, one of many identical cloned slaves in the post-eco-apocalyptic future depicted in “Cloud Atlas,” the phenomenal new film codirected by Lana and Andy Wachowski of “The ...