Sully (2016)

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A lot can happen in 208 seconds. And this is how long it took Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), to successfully land his US Airways flight 1549 on New York’s Hudson River, after losing both engines to multiple bird strikes just after take-off, and saving all 155 passengers and crew on board.

Interestingly, Sully is being marketed as the feel-good movie of the year and while the through line is rightly one of celebration, Clint Eastwood, directing in his usual minimalist style, chooses to focus the majority of the film on events after the landing, where it is clear that Sully is feeling pretty far from good.
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Shelter (2015)

  • Director – Paul Bettany
  • Starring – Jennifer Connelly & Anthony Mackie
  • Writer – Paul Bettany
  • Year – 2015
  • Running Time – 105 minutes

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The final title card of Shelter, Paul Bettany’s first foray as a writer/director, dedicates the film ‘for the couple which lived outside of my building’. The couple disappeared after Hurricane Sandy and to this day, neither Bettany nor his wife and star of Shelter, Jennifer Connelly, know what became of them. This card sets the scene for what is to come, a powerful though at times problematic, tale of love, dignity, and survival on the streets of New York.

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