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Films: Tom Hanks

Saving Mr Banks

  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • US/UK/Australia
  • 125 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: John Lee Hancock
  • Cast: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell
  • UK release: 29 November 2013

Author PL Travers reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, Mary Poppins.

Captain Phillips

  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 134 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Paul Greengrass
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini
  • UK release: 18 October 2013

Bourne helmer Greengrass directs the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and his crew's encounter with Somali pirates aboard the Maersk Alabama.

Cloud Atlas

  • 4 stars
  • 2012
  • Germany/US/HK/Singapore
  • 172 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Lana Wachowski/Tom Tykwer/Andy Wachowski
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant
  • UK release: 22 February 2013

An epic story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present and future as one soul is shaped from a murderer into a saviour and a single act of kindness ripples out for centuries to inspire a revolution.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • 3 stars
  • 2011
  • USA
  • 129 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Stephen Daldry
  • Written by: Eric Roth
  • Cast: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock
  • UK release: 3 February 2012

Oskar (Horn) is a precocious youngster whose father (Hanks) died in the 9/11 attacks; he finds a mysterious key and tries to discover where it fits. Despite radiant cinematography and a striking performance from Horn, it's a contrived tearjerker that is neither as poignant nor as profound as it might like to be.

Larry Crowne

  • 2 stars
  • 2011
  • US
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Tom Hanks
  • Written by: Tom Hanks, Nia Vardalos
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts

Hanks and Roberts team up for post economic crash rom-com about a recently unemployed company man who forms a crush on a teacher at the adult college he starts to attend.

Toy Story 3

  • 4 stars
  • 2010
  • USA
  • 108 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Lee Unkrich
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles, Michael Keaton, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, Estelle Harris, Jodi Benson

Andy has grown up and is on the way to college, so everyone's favourite toys are packed off to Sunnyside day-care centre. After a whirlwind of close-cut situations, the film manages to retain its good humour and pathos long enough to bring all the characters safely to a satisfying resolution.

Angels & Demons

  • 2 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 138 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ron Howard
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård, Pierfrancesco Favino, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, and Armin Mueller-Stahl

Ron Howard's sequel to 'The Da Vinci Code'. Although a great improvement on its wretched 2006 precursor, with more action and a clearer plot, it's still full of cack portentous theological babble, alarmist politics and terrible acting.

Charlie Wilson's War

  • 3 stars
  • 2007
  • US
  • 97 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Mike Nichols
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Om Puri, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Ned Beatty

Adaptation of George Crile's book which tells the true story of maverick senator Charlie 'Good Time' Wilson (Hanks), who covertly aided the Mujahideen in their struggle against the Soviet Empire in the 1980s. This lightweight comedy drama relies on crude oversimplifications to explain away the later rise of global…

The Da Vinci Code

  • 2006
  • US
  • 148 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ron Howard
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jürgen Prochnow, Paul Bettany, Jean Reno

Howard's two and a half hour yawn-fest displays the worst hallmarks of a Hollywood rush-job, remorselessly cashing in on a popular fad. Despite nice locations, what was a decent page-turner emerges as a bum-numbing melodrama of little interest in terms of either cinema or tabloid theology.

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon

  • 2005
  • US
  • 40 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Mark Cowen
  • Cast: Tom Hanks (narrator), Brandy Blackledge, Garrison Hershberger, Andrew Husmann, Aaron White

Tom Hanks narrates this homage to the 12 men who walked on the moon between 1969 and 1972. This spectacular documentary re-enacts the landings in an overbearingly dramatic fashion.

The Ladykillers

  • 2004
  • US
  • 104 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Irma P Hall, Marlon Wayans, J K Simmons, Tzi Ma, Ryan Hurst

Bland remake of Mackendrick's 1955 Ealing classic. Hanks gleefully adjusts his false teeth to play a southern variation of Alec Guinness' professor, with Irma P Hall's tough evangelism replacing Katie Johnson's frailness as the 'formidable antagonist' of a landlady who stands between Hanks' gang and stolen casino money.

The Polar Express

  • 2004
  • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
  • Cast: Tom Hanks

A boy travels on a magical train bound for the North Pole and Santa Claus. Unfortunately this journey also takes the viewer to uncanny valley.

The Terminal

  • 2 stars
  • 2004
  • US
  • 125 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci, Barry Shabaka Henley, Kumar Pallana, Diego Luna

Inspired by the true story of an Iranian man stranded at Paris airport after the fall of the Shah, but starring Hanks and re-set in the John F Kennedy Airport of present-day New York, Spielberg's smug movie misfire substitutes quirky characters, feel-good humour and emotional manipulation for the rich comic tapestry of…

Road to Perdition

  • 2002
  • US
  • 117 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Daniel Craig, Tyler Hoechlin

A Depression era gangster picture with solid American family values. It may also, like Mendes' absurdly overrated Oscar-winner 'American Beauty', fool cinema-goers into confusing its moody self-importance for profound insight. For here are Big Stars, Big Themes (Fathers and Sons, Loyalty and Betrayal, Sin and Salvation…

Toy Story 2

  • 2000
  • US
  • 95 min
  • U
  • Directed by: John Lasseter
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

The new film expands on the original settings and themes. When Woody is not taken to Cowboy Camp by his owner Andy, he begins to question the meaning of his 'life'. When he's subsequently stolen by a collector – who plans to sell him to a Japanese toy museum – Buzz and the gang travel across town to rescue their pal. The…

The Green Mile

  • 1999
  • US
  • 189 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Frank Darabont
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse

Guards working death row at a prison in the 1930s are confounded to discover that one of their inmates, accused of murder, has a bizarre gift.

Saving Private Ryan

  • 1998
  • US
  • 170 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Written by: Robert Rodat
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Barry Pepper, Tom Sizemore

Like no film in recent memory, 'Saving Private Ryan' focuses its attention squarely on the brutalities endured by American soldiers in World War II. Central to this impact is the already legendary opening half hour, detailing with remorseless brilliance the carnage of the D-Day landings. Understandably enough, Spielberg…

Toy Story Trilogy

  • 1995/1999/2010
  • US
  • Cast: Voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

All three of Woody and Buzz's adventures back to back.

Toy Story

  • 1995
  • US
  • 81 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: John Lasseter
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, John Morris, Laurie Metcalf, Erik von Detten

It isn't just the state-of-the-art images that distinguish Disney's first computer-generated animation feature, it's got a cracking adventure story too. A tale of friendship and self-belief combined with an exciting rescue and against-the-clock tension, Toy Story is sprinkled with comic asides. Don't be fooled into…

Forrest Gump

  • 4 stars
  • 1994
  • US
  • 142 min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field

Even those with the lowest IQs can rise to the top in the land of the free, as this picaresque tale sets out to prove. But despite its incurably sweet hero and its fairly standard love story core, 'Forrest Gump' has a surprisingly dark-tinted view on recent American history - complete with racism, drug and child abuse…

Sleepless in Seattle

  • 1993
  • US
  • 105 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Nora Ephron
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger

The definitive Hanks/Ryan romcom has darker roots than its long line of descendents, as Hanks' recently widowed Sam is pushed by his young son into finding a new wife.

A League of Their Own

  • 1992
  • USA
  • 128 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Penny Marshall
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna
  • UK release: 18 September 1992

During WWII, major league baseball is on the brink of collapse, and in an effort to keep it running a woman’s league is created. Two sisters, Dottie Hinson and Kit Keller, who work in a dairy are recruited to join the league. Eternal rivals, the baseball league is the ideal stage for Kit to prove to her elder sister that…

Big

  • 1988
  • US
  • 104 min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Penny Marshall
  • Written by: Gary Ross, Anne Spielberg
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard

Twelve-year-old Josh (David Moscow) has no luck with the school beauty because of his diminutive stature. However, upon discovering a neglected fairground wishing machine, he wakes next morning to find himself wrapped in adult packaging (Hanks). Of all the body-swap movies, Big is by far the most successful, because Hanks…

Bachelor Party

  • 1984
  • USA
  • 105 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Neal Israel
  • Cast: Bob Israel, Tom Hanks, Adrian Zmed
  • UK release: 29 June 1984

A young groom-to-be faces one last temptation as an unmarried man when his friends throw him a bachelor party, whilst the father of the bride smells a rat and enlists her ex-boyfriend to stop the marriage.