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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 news Mar 4, 2014 Barkhad Abdi Is An Academy Award Nominee And He Has No Money At All People often think fame and money are directly linked. They’re not. High end actors whose names appear in big letters on movie posters make an outlandish money. Those who play supporting roles can earn nice little paychecks, but it can be years between these parts.
Monday Movie Memo: 6 Films That Had A Really Disappointing Oscar Night news Mar 3, 2014 Monday Movie Memo: 6 Films That Had A Really Disappointing Oscar Night Zero. That’s how many Oscars, combined, were won by American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, Captain Phillips, Philomena and Nebraska.
For Your Consideration: Not Captain Phillips news Feb 20, 2014 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.
Oscar Analysis 2014: Breaking Down The Best Picture Race news Jan 31, 2014 Oscar Analysis 2014: Breaking Down The Best Picture Race My argument is that the category should have shifted from five nominees to three. That would increase competition. Imagine how tight this year’s Oscar race would be if Academy voters could only choose between Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle? Now THAT’s a race!

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