Thursday, December 18, 2014

Our Critic's Selections for the Weekend

Tom Hanks (center) stars as the title character in "Captain Phillips," the gripping true story of a U.S.-flagged cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates.
Tom Hanks (center) stars as the title character in "Captain Phillips," the gripping true story of a U.S.-flagged cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates. Columbia Pictures

Captain Phillips Based on the real-life story of a U.S.-flagged container ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea, with Tom Hanks in the title role as a steady-as-she-goes mariner forced to face his own mortality. Paul Greengrass (the second and third Bourne films, United 93) orchestrates the suspense. PG-13

Enough Said Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini (in his final leading role) are divorced parents, each with a college-bound daughter, who meet, date, and take to each other. Then the trouble begins. A smart, funny, heartbreaking movie from hugely talented writer-director Nicole Holofcener. PG-13

Gravity A transcendent, zero-G tale of survival with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as orbiting astronauts caught in a debris storm - literally at the end of their tether. A technological marvel, and an emotional, spiritual, and physical voyage of stratospheric suspense. PG-13

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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