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In Review: Saving Mr. Banks

by Helen Cox 29 November 2013

In Saving Mr. Banks, Disney Studios juxtapose an account of the making of their much-loved Mary Poppins movie alongside the early life story of P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson): writer of the Mary Poppins book series. Disney (Tom Hanks), it transpires, has been trying to make a Poppins film for about 20 years but Travers has refused to sell him the rights.

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LFF 2013 Review: Captain Phillips

by Mairéad Roche 10 October 2013

In 2009 the American cargo ship, MV Maersk Alabama, was boarded by a group of Somali pirates in international waters off the Horn of Africa. The subsequent hostile takeover led to a determined American naval intervention centred around the ship’s captain, Richard Philips.

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In Review: Cloud Atlas

by Martyn Conterio 21 February 2013

Words such as “audacious”, “bold” and “epic” will inevitably be banded about by critics when summarising Cloud Atlas. Posters shall declare it the most staggeringly cinematic achievement since the last one, last week. Press hyperbole has split right down the middle regarding the Wachowskis’ and Tom Tykwer’s adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel.

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In Review: Larry Crowne (2011)

by Mike Richardson 11 July 2011

By Mike Richardson Remember when Tom Hanks was a box office guarantee? After landing with a bang in decent to great comedies like Splash (1984) and Big (1988), Hanks stepped up a gear and started actually ‘acting’, winning Oscars with films like Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994).

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