Tom Hanks

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  • Cloud Atlas

    Movie Review | Matt | 15th November 2012

    Epic doesn’t quite cover it: Six stories spliced together covering six different genres and time-periods ranging from the 19th century to a far, distant future, all featuring the same handful of actors playing a host of different characters and each linked together by themes of fate, causality and consequence. Plus, there’s a whole range of remarkable prosthetics on display, meaning that you could just end up spending the whole near-three-hour running time playing Guess The Actor Under The Rubber Nose.

  • Films on TV round-up: Big

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 9th April 2012

    There are far too many films on this week. The list is ridiculous. Once I'd typed them all out, I couldn't be bothered to write about more than one.

  • Films on TV round-up: prisons and prisons

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 25th March 2012

    My complacency has led me to write this right at the last minute, so I wouldn't expect the Earth, just simple binary statements on either side of an issue. So, prison bad, escape/miracles good. Stephen King rich.

  • Films on TV round-up: pseudo-Beatles and ghostly sequels

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 26th February 2012

    It's Oscar night, folks. Neither of this week's featured films was nominated for an Oscar. Then again, neither of them was a silent film with a dog in it or featured George Clooney, so what chance did they stand?

  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

    Movie Review | Ed Williamson | 13th February 2012

    September 11th, 2001. Pretty bad day, overall. But ten years on, 9/11 is beginning to take its place alongside the Vietnam War in inspiring a genre of American cinema in its own right, and the story of how the day unfolded and its aftermath resonated is taking shape through filmmakers' eyes. The wounds are still raw, but while there might have been cries of "Too soon!" when Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass released World Trade Center and United 93 respectively in 2006, in relative terms these guys waited longer than Coppola did before Apocalypse Now. Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close couldn't be accused of insensitivity: it's the first film I've seen to treat 9/11 as a historical event and look at the loss suffered in retrospect, rather than put you right in the middle of the clouds of debris or a doomed aeroplane.

  • Films on TV round-up: grandmasters and sad fathers

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 27th November 2011

    Yet more Tom Hanks. It's a good job I get the chance to write about him every now and then, because otherwise the room in my flat decorated from floor to ceiling with pictures of him would just be weird.

  • TIL: Tom Hanks has a criminal record

    Movie News | Luke | 24th November 2011

    Does TimeCop deal with noise pollution?

  • Films on TV round-up: Emile Locques and email boxes

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 30th October 2011

    Controversy time: I think Roger Moore was the best Bond, and I really like You've Got Mail. What are you going to do about it? Go and read something else? Ha! I'd like to see you try! Oh right, you've gone.

  • Films on TV round-up: happy birthday, Tom Hanks

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 10th July 2011

    Tom Hanks turned 55 yesterday. In celebration, let's take a look at two films on TV this week from two very different strands of his career. And yes, I said two. I'm doing two films a week from now on rather than three. Deal with it.

  • List of things Tom Hanks can't do narrows further

    TV News | Ed Williamson | 17th June 2011

    Tom Hanks's production company is putting together American Gods, which HBO has snapped up for SIX seasons from 2013. Tom Hanks is better than you.