Tom Hanks

Film Review: Asteroid City is typical, twee Wes Anderson – whether you like it or not!

August 8, 2023

Another Wes Anderson creation, where the sheer cast alone is unfathomable in their collective talent and the twee is as twee as can be, Asteroid City, with its distinct colour pallet and deadpan performances, won’t convert any viewers over to the Wes way of watching, but those that have stuck with the auteur through his […]

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Asteroid City; Wes Anderson’s visually lush comedy is heavy on star wattage, but light on substance: Sydney Film Festival Review

June 10, 2023

Another Wes Anderson creation, where the sheer cast alone is unfathomable in their collective talent and the twee is as twee as can be, Asteroid City, with its distinct colour pallet and deadpan performances, won’t convert any viewers over to the Wes way of watching, but those that have stuck with the auteur through his […]

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Sydney Film Festival unveils stellar program for its 70th anniversary

May 10, 2023

“A film festival is a gathering of diverse perspectives that offers a collective snapshot of the global zeitgeist, allowing us to delve deeper into our present reality,” said Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley as he unveiled this year’s stellar line-up of programming, running from June 7th – 18th. “For 70 years, Sydney Film Festival has […]

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Interview: Manuel Garcia-Rulfo on being recommended by Tom Hanks for A Man Called Otto and finally playing a nice guy on screen

December 29, 2022

As the lead in Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer and flexing a more intimidating muscle on screen in films such as The Magnificent Seven, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, and Sweet Girl, it’s a welcome change when Manuel Garcia-Rulfo arrives in A Man Called Otto, beaming an infectious smile and displaying effortless charm. Said smile and […]

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Film Review: A Man Called Otto continually finds a warm light throughout its surprisingly dark navigation

December 29, 2022

Welcome back, Mr. Hanks. After adopting a not-so-easy to digest accent and exaggerated acting style in Baz Luhrmann’s divisive Elvis, and whatever the hell that adaptation of (not Guillermo del Toro’s) Pinocchio was, America’s loveable dad has returned for another of his committed, affable turns in Marc Foster‘s A Man Called Otto; which is rather […]

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Interview: Schuyler Weiss on producing Elvis and his collaborative relationship with Baz Luhrmann

June 21, 2022

Arriving in Australian cinemas this week (you can read our review here) hot off its history-making reception at the Cannes Film Festival, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis brings the life of the king of rock ‘n’ roll to the big screen in predictably lavish fashion. Talking with our own Peter Gray at the Australian premiere, the film’s […]

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Film Review: Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis is a showcase for the revelatory Austin Butler

June 17, 2022

If Baz Luhrmann is a director whose gaudy, lavish, larger-than-life style has been an aesthetic you haven’t gelled with thus far, his “biopic” Elvis isn’t about to change your mind. The director of Moulin Rouge suitably shakes, rattles, rolls, razzles and dazzles over a sometimes-exhausting 159 minutes, kinetically pacing the king of rock ‘n’ roll’s […]

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Interview: Baz Luhrmann and Austin Butler on bringing Elvis to the big screen; “The greatest joy is to be an outsider and live it”

February 18, 2022

As Baz Luhrmann stated prior to the release of the trailer for his anticipated biopic Elvis, that they are “the invitation to the movie”, Peter Gray was fittingly invited to attend a global press conference with Baz and lead actor Austin Butler to discuss their 3-years-in-the-making musical epic. Touching on the decision to make a […]

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First Impressions: Turner & Hooch is a safe affair unable to form its own identity

July 21, 2021

Knowing that one simply can’t just replace Tom Hanks – in whatever capacity – Disney+’s Turner & Hooch reboot tries the next best thing by honouring his character’s legacy, even if it is essentially a veiled attempt at replacement. For the uninitiated, Turner & Hooch was a sizeable success for Hanks in his more comedy-driven […]

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Film production set to ramp up in Australia as Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis gets underway in Queensland

September 10, 2020

“We’re back to, as Elvis liked to say, ‘taking care of business’”. And with that statement, Oscar-nominated director Baz Luhrmann once again controls the reins of Elvis, a musical drama detailing the life and music of the iconic Elvis Presley. After an unexpected delay in filming due to the unprecedented world events, cameras will roll […]

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Film Review: Toy Story 4 tailors its heart and humour to audiences across the board

June 19, 2019

If you’ve asked yourself why Disney and Pixar bothered making Toy Story 4, you are not alone. With 2010’s Toy Story 3 serving as the perfect ending to the series, this fourth go-around felt more like a cash-grab than an organic continuation, and though the series as a whole has been that rare breed of […]

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Film Review: The Post (USA, 2017) is a thrilling look at a significant point in history

January 9, 2018

These days the words, “The Post” are more likely to get you thinking about a blog then a newspaper. In fact, Steven Spielberg’s latest film, The Post is all about history and a bygone era in print journalism. It’s a historic thriller and bio-pic that looks at how The Washington Post handled the decision to […]

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Film Review: Inferno (M15+) (USA, 2016) entertains with a healthy dose of schlocky fun

October 12, 2016

I remember when I first heard of The Da Vinci Code novel by Dan Brown, I couldn’t really understand the hype of it all and how it became a best-seller. The story felt like it was a more mature version of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, since they both involve going on a quest […]

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Film Review: Sully (M15+) (USA, 2016) is an energetic rush for its genre

September 9, 2016

Tom Hanks, what can we say about Tom Hanks? Quite frankly, it’s hard to say anything bad at all. Despite the rare lacklustre movie, this man just cannot seem to steer anything in the wrong direction. And Sully, out now in Australian cinemas, proves no different, with the venerable actor steering both a movie and […]

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Tom Hanks becomes real life hero pilot Chesley Sullenberg in the first trailer for Sully

July 5, 2016

There’s an early air of Oscar potential generating from Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood’s next film, Sully, after the trailer premiered earlier this week. The film to be directed by Clint Eastwood, will follow the story of heroic US pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who made history when he safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 on New […]

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New teaser released ahead of the full trailer for Dan Brown’s Inferno

May 10, 2016

Director Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are returning to the big screen later this year with Inferno, the third film in the Robert Langdon series that began with The Da Vinci Code and continued with Angels & Demons. Now, after already revealing the poster and first teaser trailer, Sony have announced that a full trailer will be doing […]

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Bridge of Spies cast talk Mark Rylance, Francis Gary Powers

February 17, 2016

A pair of new behind-the-scenes clips for Steven Spielberg‘s Bridge of Spies have been released online excursively through The Iris. The first sees lead actor Tom Hanks talking about working alongside Mark Rylance on the film and how it helped draw out the best of him as an actor. Check it out below The second […]

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Film Review: Bridge of Spies (US, 2015)

October 20, 2015

Watching Bridge of Spies, I couldn’t help picturing Steven Spielberg hopefully pressing his tuxedo. Along with Lincoln (2012), it is set in shadowy rooms with windows of blinding white light, like a Polaroid of American democracy in the process of development. Again, the themes are highly relevant today, despite taking place at the height of […]

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Tom Hanks reunites with Steven Spielberg for Bridge of Spies; watch the epic trailer now

September 16, 2015

The last time seasoned actor Tom Hanks teamed with seasoned Director Steven Spielberg was 2004, with romantic-comedy The Terminal, now 11 years later the dynamic Actor-Director duo have re-teamed to deliver a Cold War drama with Bridge of Spies. The forthcoming film, which also stars Amy Ryan and Mark Rylance, is about an insurance claims […]

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Tom Hanks to return as Robert Langdon in new adaptation Inferno

February 18, 2015

Inferno, based on the book by Dan Brown, is being turned into a film starring Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, and Sidse Babett Knudsen. Dan Brown will be executive producing, alongside Anna Culp, Bill Connor, and David Householter. The film begins production this April, and is set to […]

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