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).


THE 'BURBS
1989, Universal, 101 min, USA, Dir: Joe Dante

This mix of comedy and horror was putty in the hands of director Joe Dante. Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) decides to spend his weeklong vacation just hanging around the house, but that turns out to be less relaxing than expected thanks to new neighbors the Klopeks. Strange noises and bulky garbage bags coming from their house arouse Ray’s suspicions, and when another neighbor vanishes mysteriously, he and his friends on the block team up to discover what secrets lie in the Klopeks’ basement. With Bruce Dern and Carrie Fisher.


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