On January 15, 2009 US Airways flight 1549 departed from LaGuardia Airport in New York City for service to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington state via Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. At 3:27pm local time, just over 2 minutes since takeoff, during it’s initial climb to 15,ooo feet, the Airbus A320-214 jet crossed paths with a flock of Canadian Geese at 2,800 feet. The multiple bird strikes killed both of the plane’s engines. Flight 1549 was losing speed though still gaining altitude and at its highest altitude of 3,060 feet, the plane began to fall. Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) took control of the plane and with only a few moments to decide on where (or how) to land. Sully and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) made the call to land in the Hudson River and the rest is history.
The Flight Crash Investigators of the National transportation Safety Board is tasked with recreating that history to determine to cause and best solutions to any accident. On the surface it seems like a witch hunt, but the NTSB has a job to do and while Sully is a national hero in the press, the fate of his 40 year career in the cockpit, is in the hands of a team of government investigators.
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1957. On the streets of New York, everything is business as usual, the Braves (of Milwaukee) won a nail-biter of a World Series in 7 games versus the Yankees. For mild-mannered insurance attorney James Donovan (Tom Hanks), all was well until he’s called into the boss’ office. The US Government wants Donovan to take a case pro bono. The defendant, Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) was charged with three counts of espionage. Rudolf Abel is a Russian spy transferring coded messages in what is known as the Hollow Nickel Case. During the height of the Cold War, being associated with communists was as bad as actually being a Russian spy. Threatened with nuclear annihilation, on a seemingly daily basis; the American public is less than sympathetic to Public Enemy #1. Concerned for the safety of his family, Donovan grudgingly accepts the case. Largely because of his duty to uphold the Constitution and provide due process for the most hated man in the country. While Donovan tries to provide a honest defence, in the face of the Kangaroo Court, Abel is convicted and sentenced. Donovan’s defence now turns to keeping his client out of the gas chamber.
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Director Paul Greengrass continues his trend of films that have been “ripped from the headlines”. From Bloody Sunday in 2002 to his latest effort Captain Phillip, Greengrass always brings a sense of authenticity to his film. This fly on the wall approach to some significant moments of very recent American history, works well for Greengrass. He doesn’t waste much time getting to the events of the Hijacking of the Marsek Alabama. Though the movie opens with a glimpse of Captain Phillips’ home life in Vermont with his wife played by Catherine Keener, it quickly transitions over to the Horn of Africa where two small boats are closing in on our ship.
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In the last presidential race, nearly everyone was suprised by John McCain’s pick of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate for Vice President of the United States. HBO Films is debution a new Jay Roach film entitled Game Change on March 10 on HBO. Here’s the information you want and need to know.
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Most of us have been thru hard times in our life. Whether it’s losing your job or not being able to pay the rent or mortgage it really stinks. No one wants to feel helpless and needing to depend on others. It may be a matter of personal pride, or simply something you don’t want. When you do find yourself in that situation though you have to take a hard look at your life and re-assess things to come out of it. And that reassessment of things is definitely a hard thing to do, considering it might mean changing a lot about oneself.
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