'Captain Phillips' (10/11)
True story. Really. In 2009, Richard Phillips, captain of the U.S. cargo ship Maersk Alabama, is taken hostage by Somali pirates and his crew held for ransom. Navy ships steam in for the rescue. How could Hollywood resist? It couldn't. But director Paul Greengrass (United 93) and Tom Hanks, as Phillips, shun the usual rah-rah to create a knockout movie, one of the year's best, with a this-just-in urgency. Greengrass' docudrama approach is raw and riveting. And Hanks, showing how trauma eats at the soul, hits a new career peak.
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