SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE
1993, Sony Repertory, 105 min, USA, Dir: Nora Ephron

Widower Sam (Tom Hanks) can't get over his late wife, but son Jonah wants him to find a new partner. Jonah gets his dad to call into a radio show, and Sam's voice gets the attention of engaged but restless reporter Annie (Meg Ryan). What follows, in Nora Ephron's breakthrough movie as a director, is a contemporary riff on AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER that's as funny as it is profoundly romantic.


SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
1998, Paramount, 169 min, USA, Dir: Steven Spielberg

In the European theater of World War II, Army captain Tom Hanks leads his men on a dangerous mission to retrieve a soldier whose brothers have all died in combat. Along the way, the men engage in some of the most harrowing and realistic battle sequences ever put on film, as well as some of the most heroic. An action movie with intelligence, heart and stirring patriotism courtesy of director Steven Spielberg.


EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE
2011, Warner Bros., 129 min, USA, Dir: Stephen Daldry

Eleven-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile and pacifist Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn) discovers a mysterious key among the belongings of his deceased father (Tom Hanks), who died a year earlier in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Determined to keep his vital connection to the man who playfully cajoled him into confronting his wildest fears, the young boy embarks on an urgent search for the lock the key will open. As Oskar crosses the five New York boroughs on foot - encountering a range of people (including an excellent Max von Sydow) who are each survivors in their own way - he begins to uncover unseen links to the father he misses, to the mother (Sandra Bullock) who has become so emotionally distant and to the whole noisy, dangerous and often wondrous world around him. Adapted from the acclaimed bestseller by Jonathan Safran Foer. Nominated for 2 Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor (von Sydow).


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