America's Greatest Living Film Critics Round Up Fall Movies From "Gravity" to "Rush"

Oct 16, 2013

Sandra Bullock plays Ryan Stone, an astronaut stuck in space, in Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity."
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Watching the movie "Captain Phillips" -- in which Tom Hanks plays a commercial freighter captain kidnapped by Somali pirates -- I had a sense of deja vu. Movies like this are becoming a type. They're about the interaction between the U.S. and people who don't like us. In "Zero Dark 30" and "Captain Phillips," a crack Seal team shows up, so much better equipped and trained than our adversaries that the whole thing feels like an overmatch.

Sam Hatch is a movie critic heard Sundays on WWUH.
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In movies like "Argo" and "Captain Phillips," there's at least an attempt -- always in the first few minutes -- at taking note of the other side's perspective. "Argo" does a better job in that prologue, but "Captain Phillips" might be a little more successful at maintaining the viewpoint of the Somalis as a tension in the story. Today: critical colassi David Edelstein (Fresh Air/CBS Sunday Morning), A.O. Scott (New York Times), and Culture Dog Sam Hatch round up their favorite fall movies.

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