SAVING MR. BANKS
2013, Walt Disney Studios, 126 min, USA, Dir: John Lee Hancock

Walt Disney fell under the spell of Mary Poppins not long after the book was published, and the magical English nanny’s 30-year journey from page to screen is reenacted here. Tom Hanks stars as Disney and Emma Thompson as Poppins author P.L. Travers, joined by an all-star cast including Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti and Rachel Griffiths.


CASTAWAY
2000, 20th Century Fox, 143 min, USA, Dir: Robert Zemeckis

Fed Ex executive Tom Hanks takes what he thinks is a routine flight and ends up stranded on a desert island when his plane crashes and kills everyone else on board. As he realizes that no one is coming to save him, Hanks's character is forced to adapt to life alone on the island. The result is a tour-de-force of performance (Hanks spends the majority of the movie with no other actors to play off of) and visceral, experimental filmmaking by Robert Zemeckis.


YOU'VE GOT MAIL
1998, Warner Bros., 119 min, USA, Dir: Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron puts a modern-day spin on Ernst Lubitsch's THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER as Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan play rival bookstore owners who think they hate each other yet fall in love behind alternate identities online. Both a wonderfully intimate romantic comedy and a broad ensemble portrait of Ephron's beloved Upper West Side, YOU'VE GOT MAIL boasts a stellar cast that includes Dabney Coleman, Dave Chappelle, Greg Kinnear and Parker Posey.


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