‘News of the World’ Interview with Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, and director Paul Greengrass

In “News of the World”, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks) meets an 11-year-old orphaned girl (Helena Zengel) who lost her German and Native American families.  This Civil War veteran – who is now a newsreader traveling across Texas – decides that he will take Johanna (Zengel) to her aunt and uncle’s home in Castroville in writer/director Paul Greengrass’ affecting, soulful western. “News of the World” is a reunion for Greengrass and Hanks because they made “Captain Phillips” in 2013.  That film’s screenwriter Billy Ray hosted a Zoom call Q&A…

‘News of the World’: Hanks and his young co-star deliver a soulful western

“News of the World” – Three years ago, Tom Hanks starred as a newsman, and one of the 20th century’s most prominent, “The Washington Post” Executive Editor Ben Bradlee in “The Post”, a film about the publication’s attempt to publish the Pentagon Papers. In “News of the World”, Hanks plays another character tied to the Fourth Estate, although he’s worlds – and a century – apart from Mr. Bradlee. As the movie opens, Civil War veteran Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks) greets an eager Wichita Falls, Texas audience in 1870 by…

Movie of the Week: ‘The Great Buck Howard’

John Malkovich is one of AHFW’s favorite actors, even though his characters wouldn’t be our BFFs.  For example, John has played a criminal mastermind (“Con Air” (1997)), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (“Mary Reilly” (1996)), an assassin (“In the Line of Fire” (1993)), and many other on-screen oddities. In 2008’s “The Great Buck Howard”, however, he plays a decent fellow, a magician of sorts, but he’s not without his quirks.  A lot of them. AHFW’s Movie of the Week is the fun family comedy “The Great Buck Howard”, and we…

AHFW’s Top 10 Tom Hanks Performances

On July 9, Tom Hanks turns 64 years young!  Happy Birthday, Mr. Hanks! Tom arrived on the small screen at 24 with “Bosom Buddies” (1980-1982), an ABC-TV light comedy where two guys (Hanks and Peter Scolari) dress up like women to live in an affordable apartment.  Think of “Some Like it Hot” (1959), and Donna Dixon plays the Marilyn Monroe-like character. Well, who could have predicted Hanks’ film trajectory.  Forty years later, he garnered two Best Actor Oscars and has starred in countless thought-provoking and blockbuster films.  He’s simply one…

Celebrate Memorial Day and “Earn this”

Memorial Day is chance for Americans to relax and postpone the workweek one day and perhaps find a beach or a barbecue.  Although, not everyone has the day off, as I sit in an air-conditioned coffee shop and three baristas are busy making macchiatos, chai lattes and mochas. Memorial Day is a day when Americans remember servicemen and servicewomen who lost their lives.  From a movie perspective, when I think of Memorial Day, my mind immediately recalls one particular scene in Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece, “Saving Private Ryan” (1998).  Brings tears to…