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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.


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.


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