SPECIAL: The 25 Best Tom Hanks Movies

Image: DreamWorks Distribution

Image: DreamWorks Distribution

Chris Luckett

There are few actors as beloved as Tom Hanks. Long before social media quantitatively measured the “real-life” personalities for their fans, Hanks was widely known for his jovial demeanour and Genuine Nice Guy status.

Some movie stars over the last half-century have had a spotty record for quality movies, but the ones that foster long careers become savvy enough to mostly make above-average pictures. In his 36-year career, Hanks has become one of the best at it — in no small part because of what a powerful actor the Bosom Buddy became over the years.

While digesting his latest picture, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons sequel Inferno, consider these 25 pictures that made him the beloved star he is today.

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REVIEW: Inferno

Image: Columbia Pictures

Image: Columbia Pictures

Chris Luckett

One thing the Dan Brown adaptations The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons cannot really be described as is fun.

The Ron Howard-directed adventures starring Tom Hanks as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon have been artfully made, but were largely beaten to the cinematic punch by the underrated National Treasure (and its far-sillier-but-just-as-fun sequel Book of Secrets).

After adapting the second Langdon book first and the first book second, Howard and Hanks now skip to the fourth book for the third movie, but still can’t find the fun, nor really anything new to say.

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GUEST COLUMN: Soundtracking (That Thing You Do!)

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Neil Reyes

When Fountains of Wayne broke out in 2003 with “Stacy’s Mom,” few people had heard of them, despite them making music since the latter part of the ‘90s. Even fewer were aware that bassist Adam Schlesinger had been writing and producing music for movies and television, including for The Dana Carvey Show, Josie and the Pussycats, and, most notably, 1996’s That Thing You Do.

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REVIEW: Captain Phillips

Photo: Columbia Pictures

Photo: Columbia Pictures

Chris Luckett

Anyone who grew up in the ‘90s and played Goldeneye 007 for the Nintendo 64 remembers one of the tensest levels in the game taking place aboard a frigate, with James Bond needing to rescue hostages. No such hostage scene existed in the actual movie, but the first act of the incredibly tense Captain Phillips gives audiences the feel of it better than a Bond movie possibly could.

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