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Captain Phillips Synopsis

Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is — through director Paul Greengrass’s distinctive lens — simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.
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Barkhad Abdi Is An Academy Award Nominee And He Has No Money At All

Monday Movie Memo: 6 Films That Had A Really Disappointing Oscar Night Monday Movie Memo: 6 Films That Had A Really Disappointing Oscar Night
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For Your Consideration: Not Captain Phillips For Your Consideration: Not Captain Phillips
As captivating as it was to follow the story in headlines, the reality is that what actually happened doesn’t have good narrative flow and as it unfolds breaks some very important storytelling rules.

For Your Consideration: Not Captain Phillips

Oscar Analysis 2014: Breaking Down The Best Picture Race Oscar Analysis 2014: Breaking Down The Best Picture Race
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Oscar Analysis 2014: Breaking Down The Best Adapted Screenplay Race Oscar Analysis 2014: Breaking Down The Best Adapted Screenplay Race
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Oscar Analysis 2014: Breaking Down The Best Supporting Actor Race Oscar Analysis 2014: Breaking Down The Best Supporting Actor Race
Today we feature Best Supporting Actor. This is a thornier pack than last year, when all the nominees were previous winners, limiting the amount of actual competition between participants (Christoph Waltz ultimately won). This year there are no previous winners, three first-time nominees, and two second-time honorees.

Oscar Analysis 2014: Breaking Down The Best Supporting Actor Race

Tom Hanks And Four More Disgraceful Best Actor Oscar Snubs Tom Hanks And Four More Disgraceful Best Actor Oscar Snubs
We can spend weeks reading the tea leaves – and because the Oscar ceremony is still more than a month away, we likely will waste all of that time. My guess is that Hanks split his attention between two performances, and ended up on the short end of the nominee stick in both instances.

Tom Hanks And Four More Disgraceful Best Actor Oscar Snubs

Directors Guild Of America Singles Out Its Five Nominees Directors Guild Of America Singles Out Its Five Nominees
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Directors Guild Of America Singles Out Its Five Nominees

American Hustle And Wolf Of Wall Street Snag Writers Guild Nominations American Hustle And Wolf Of Wall Street Snag Writers Guild Nominations
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American Hustle And Wolf Of Wall Street Snag Writers Guild Nominations

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Blue Jasmine And Captain Phillips Returning To Theaters For Oscar Season Blue Jasmine And Captain Phillips Returning To Theaters For Oscar Season
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Blue Jasmine And Captain Phillips Returning To Theaters For Oscar Season

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Fruitvale Station And Gravity Among AFI's Top 10 Of 2013

Captain Phillips' Actual Crew Questions The Film's Authenticity Captain Phillips' Actual Crew Questions The Film's Authenticity
The anonymous source taking Phillips to task also happens to be part of a group suing Maersk following the events of the infamous hijacking. The group – consisting of 11 crew members – is suing the company for nearly $50 million claiming “willful, wonton and conscious disregard for their safety” on the part of the captain.

Captain Phillips' Actual Crew Questions The Film's Authenticity

Watch Tom Hanks And Sandra Bullock Re-Enact The Piano Dance From Big Watch Tom Hanks And Sandra Bullock Re-Enact The Piano Dance From Big
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Watch Tom Hanks And Sandra Bullock Re-Enact The Piano Dance From Big

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Weekend Box Office: Gravity Holds Strong To Number One, Machete Gets The Ax

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Gravity’s Friday Box Office Should Propel It To Another Record Weekend

Operation Kino 134 Review: The Unbearable Tension Of Captain Phillips Operation Kino 134 Review: The Unbearable Tension Of Captain Phillips
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Operation Kino 134 Review: The Unbearable Tension Of Captain Phillips

Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Captain Phillips, A.C.O.D. And Machete Kills Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Captain Phillips, A.C.O.D. And Machete Kills
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Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Captain Phillips, A.C.O.D. And Machete Kills

How Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips Found Its Somali Pirates How Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips Found Its Somali Pirates
Greengrass’ first film since 2010’s Green Zone and based on a screenplay written by Billy Ray (The Hunger Games), Captain Phillips recounts the thrilling true story from April 2009 when a band of Somali pirates, led by a man named Muse (Abdi), attempted to hijack the container ship MV Maersk Alabama.

How Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips Found Its Somali Pirates

Tom Hanks The Movie: How Forrest Gump, Apollo 13 And Cast Away Lead To Captain Phillips Tom Hanks The Movie: How Forrest Gump, Apollo 13 And Cast Away Lead To Captain Phillips
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Tom Hanks The Movie: How Forrest Gump, Apollo 13 And Cast Away Lead To Captain Phillips

This Rotten Week: Predicting Captain Phillips And Machete Kills Reviews This Rotten Week: Predicting Captain Phillips And Machete Kills Reviews
Feeling a little under the weather. Whatever Ebola-like virus Little Rotten Week was carrying around, well she shipped it in my direction. When this ends up being the contagion that takes down the planet, we can consider her patient zero. See you all when the chaos subsides. While we wait for the end of the world let’s talk pirates and machetes

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Tom Hanks Locks Down The Bridge In Captain Phillips Clip Tom Hanks Locks Down The Bridge In Captain Phillips Clip
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Tom Hanks Locks Down The Bridge In Captain Phillips Clip

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Oscar Eye: Gravity And Captain Phillips Prepare For Box Office Tests

NYFF Review: Tom Hanks Gets Heroic In The Fantastic And Gripping Captain Phillips NYFF Review: Tom Hanks Gets Heroic In The Fantastic And Gripping Captain Phillips
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NYFF Review: Tom Hanks Gets Heroic In The Fantastic And Gripping Captain Phillips

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Tom Hanks Gets Brave In New Trailer For Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips Tom Hanks Gets Brave In New Trailer For Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips
This new trailer doesn't exactly do a good job of masking what happens in the film - it actually seems to pretty much show the whole thing - but, honestly, who doesn't already know the details and conclusions of this story? When the real Captain Richard Phillips was kidnapped in 2009 the news was absolutely everywhere, and the end of the story was what kept people buzzing about it.

Tom Hanks Gets Brave In New Trailer For Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks And Paul Greengrass's Captain Phillips To Open The New York Film Festival Tom Hanks And Paul Greengrass's Captain Phillips To Open The New York Film Festival
The fall film festival season often requires people to travel to far-flung locations to catch what might be the year's best movies, from Venice all the way in Italy to Telluride up in the Colorado mountains to Toronto, deep in the Canadian north (OK, it's across the lake from New York, but just go with it).

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