Toy Story 3

  • Directors: Lee Unkrich
  • Producers: Darla K Anderson, Executive Producer, John Lasseter
  • Writers: Screenplay, Michael Arndt, Treatment, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton, Jodi Benson, Blake Clark, Timothy Dalton, John Morris, Laurie Metcalf, Bonnie Hunt, Jeff Garlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Kristen Schaal

Andy is departing for college, and his toys, including Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz and (Tim Allen), are going to be put in the attic. Before they can be put in the attic, they are accidentally thrown away and are picked up by the garbage men. The toys find themselves at a local day-care center, where they must try to survive the playful but careless pre-school children. Woody attempts to save his friends and find themselves a new home, but matters are further complicated when Buzz is damaged during an escape attempt. The toys try to reset Buzz, but end up causing him to revert to a Spanish version of his delusions of being a space ranger, much to Jessie’s delight and the other toys’ discomfort.[2][3]

The Da Vinci Code

  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, John Calley
  • Writers: Novel, Dan Brown, Screenplay, Akiva Goldsman
  • Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Paul Bettany, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina

A man revealed to be Jacques Saunière is being pursued by a mysterious hooded character known as Silas through the Grand Gallery in the Louvre in Paris. Silas demands the location of the Priory’s clef de voûte or “keystone.” Under threat of death, Saunière finally confesses the keystone is kept in the sacristy of Church of Saint-Sulpice, “beneath the Rose.” Silas thanks him, and then shoots him in the stomach.

Meanwhile, American symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), who is in Paris as an AUP guest lecturer on symbols and the sacred feminine, is contacted by the French police, and summoned to the Louvre to view the crime scene. He discovers the dying Saunière had created an intricate display using black light ink and his own body and blood. Captain Bezu Fache (Jean Reno) asks him for his interpretation of the puzzling scene.

Silas calls a mysterious man known as “The Teacher”, revealing that he has killed all four protectors of the keystone and that all confirmed the same location. He dons a metal cilice on his thigh and proceeds to flagellate himself with a whip for the sins of murder. Facilitated by Bishop Manuel Aringarosa, Silas then travels to Saint-Sulpice and is admitted by an elderly nun; left alone, he excavates beneath the floor of the church to find a stone saying only JOB 38:11. He confronts the nun, who quotes the passage: “Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further.” Realizing that he has been deceived, Silas is enraged and kills the nun.

At his hotel, Langdon accidentally cuts himself while shaving and the line of blood on the sink reminds him of the Rose Line. He follows the Rose Line and finds the location of the Holy Grail, buried under the pyramid in the Louvre. Langdon then kneels above Mary Magdalene’s tomb as the Templar Knights did before him.

Philadelphia

  • Directors: Jonathan Demme
  • Producers: Jonathan Demme, Edward Saxon
  • Writers: Ron Nyswaner
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington

The film tells the story of Andrew Beckett (Hanks), a senior associate at the largest corporate law firm in Philadelphia. Although he lives with his partner Miguel Álvarez (Banderas), Beckett hides his homosexuality and the fact he has AIDS from the other members of the law firm. On the day he is assigned the firm’s newest and most important case, one of the firm’s partners notices a small lesion on Beckett’s forehead. Shortly thereafter, Beckett stays home from work for several days to try to find a way to hide his lesions. While at home, he finishes the paperwork for the case he has been assigned and then brings it to his office, leaving instructions for his assistants to file the paperwork on the following day, which marks the end of the statute of limitations for the case. Later that morning, he receives a frantic call asking for the paperwork, as the paper copy cannot be found and there are no copies on the computer’s hard drive. However, the paperwork is finally discovered and is filed with the court at the last possible moment. The following day, Beckett is dismissed by the firm’s partners, who had previously referred to him as their “friend.”

Beckett collapses in court shortly after finishing cross-examination. During his hospitalization, the jury votes in his favour, awarding him back pay, damages for pain and suffering, and punitive damages. Miller visits Beckett in hospital after the verdict and overcomes his fear enough to touch Beckett’s face. After Beckett’s family leaves the room, he tells Miguel that he is ready to die. A short scene immediately afterwards shows Miller getting the word that Beckett has died. The movie ends with a reception at Beckett’s home following the funeral, where many mourners, including the Millers, view home movies of Beckett as a healthy child.

Angels Demons

  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, John Calley
  • Writers: Screenplay, David Koepp, Akiva Goldsman, Novel, Dan Brown
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Ayelet Zurer, Ewan McGregor

CERN summons Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) to investigate a murder victim branded with the Illuminati ambigram. Langdon discovers the secret society’s plan to kill four Roman Catholic cardinals and destroy St. Peter’s Basilica with stolen antimatter during a papal conclave.

City of Ember

  • Directors: Gil Kenan
  • Producers: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman
  • Writers: Jeanne Duprau, Caroline Thompson
  • Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway, Mackenzie Crook

The movie introduction explains that the City of Ember is a fully-contained city built underground to house a human community for 200 years as a shelter from an unspecified disaster. A box has been provided which automatically opens after 200 years, and contains a tool and instructions for returning to the surface. Mayors of Ember keep the box a secret and only disclose its existence to their successors in office. When a mayor suddenly dies while still in office, the box is put in a closet in Lina’s house and unnoticed by anyone when it automatically opens as designed.

Some decades later Ember’s food supplies are becoming depleted and blackouts are increasingly frequent and longer-lasting, as the hydroelectric generator that powers the city has deteriorated. Much of the knowledge and technology from the city’s near-mythic Builders and earlier generations has been lost.

Two young friends, Lina Mayfleet (Saoirse Ronan) and Doon Harrow (Harry Treadaway) are graduating from school. Lina is assigned to work in the Pipeworks of the hydroelectric generator, but trades jobs with Doon, who does not like his assignment to work as messenger. Lina witnesses the city’s decay as she relays messages, and Doon learns that the Pipeworks are held together with increasing amounts of patchwork. Nobody knows in detail how any of the city’s systems work. After a major malfunction of the generator during the city’s annual celebration, Lina and Doon conclude that Ember is in danger of imminent collapse. With the city’s adult population either largely ignorant of their plight or cowed by the corrupt Mayor Cole (Bill Murray), Lina and Doon search for the clues left by the Builders showing the citizens of Ember how to save themselves.

Indeed, Lina has the box in her home and has begun to understand its importance. While the mayor eats food, he accuses her that he steals food from Ember. Lina jumps the table stealing the second card while the blackouts occur. The pair escapes and tries to find their way out of the city with the instructions left in the box by the Builders, and receive unexpected assistance from Doon’s elderly mentor Sul (Martin Landau). Meanwhile, Mayor Cole goes to his bunker and he died by a giant star-nosed mole. Arriving at the surface they are initially disappointed that it is dark there as well, as described in Ember’s folklore, but when the sun rises they discover that light has returned to the skies and the planet has recovered. They also see through a hole the lights of Ember deep below the surface and realize they had lived in an underground city. Lina and Doon drop a message tied to a rock through the hole down to Ember telling the other citizens how to leave the city, where it is found by Loris Harrow (Tim Robbins), Doon’s father and one of the few adults aware of the city’s serious situation.

Charlie Wilson s War

  • Directors: Mike Nichols
  • Producers: Tom Hanks
  • Writers: George Crile, Aaron Sorkin
  • Genres: Biography, Drama
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Ned Beatty, Om Puri

The film shows Wilson having a very gregarious social life of women and partying, including having his congressional office staffed with young, attractive women. The film also shows how the partying causes a federal investigation into allegations of cocaine use by Wilson, conducted by then-federal prosecutor Rudy Giuliani as part of a larger investigation into congressional misconduct. The investigation results in no charge against Wilson.

A friend and romantic interest, Joanne Herring, encourages Wilson to do more to help the Afghans, and persuades Wilson to visit the Pakistani leadership. The Pakistanis complain about the inadequate support of the U.S. to oppose the Soviets, and they insist that Wilson visit a major Pakistan-based Afghan refugee camp. Deeply moved by their misery and determination to fight, Wilson is frustrated by the regional CIA personnel’s insistence on a low key approach against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Wilson returns home to lead an effort to substantially increase funding to the mujahideen.

As part of this effort, Wilson befriends the maverick CIA operative Gust Avrakotos and his understaffed Afghanistan group to find a better strategy, especially including a means to counter the Soviets’ formidable Mi-24 helicopter gunship. This group was composed in part of members of the CIA’s elite Special Activities Division, including a young paramilitary officer named Michael Vickers. As a result, Wilson’s deft political bargaining for the necessary funding and Avrakotos’ group’s careful planning using those resources, such as supplying the guerrillas with FIM-92 Stinger missile launchers, turns the Soviet occupation into a deadly quagmire with their heavy fighting vehicles being destroyed at a crippling rate. The CIA’s anti-communism budget evolves from $5 million to over $500 million (with the same amount matched by Saudi Arabia), startling several congressmen. This effort by Wilson ultimately evolves into a major portion of the U.S. foreign policy known as the Reagan Doctrine, under which the U.S. expanded assistance beyond just the mujahideen and began also supporting other anti-communist resistance movements around the world.

Wilson follows Avrakotos’ guidance to seek support for post-Soviet occupation Afghanistan, but finds almost no enthusiasm in the U.S. government for even the modest measures he proposes. The film ends with Wilson receiving a major commendation for the support of the U.S. clandestine services, but his pride is tempered by his fears of what unintended consequences his secret efforts could yield in the future and the implications of U.S. disengagement from Afghanistan.

The Terminal

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Walter F Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Andrew Niccol
  • Writers: Andrew Niccol, Sacha Gervasi, Jeff Nathanson
  • Genres: Drama, Romance, Comedy
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta Jones

Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks), a man from the fictional country of Krakozhia, arrives at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, only to discover that during the flight his Eastern Bloc country’s government has been overthrown by rebels, invalidating his passport and thus leaving him stranded and stateless. Over the next nine months, Viktor is forced to live in the terminal building, unable either to set foot into the United States or to go home. He befriends the staff at the terminal, including flight attendant Amelia Warren (Catherine Zeta-Jones), while being under the watchful eye of Immigration Officer Frank Dixon (Stanley Tucci), who wants the “Navorski problem” removed from the airport.

One day, Viktor explains to Amelia that the purpose of his visit to New York City is to collect an autograph of the jazz tenor saxophonist Benny Golson. His late father was a jazz enthusiast. He had discovered the “Great Day in Harlem” photograph in a Hungarian newspaper in 1958, and vowed to get an autograph of all the 57 jazz musicians featured on the photograph. Over the next 40 years, he had managed to collect an autograph of all of them, except for one person: Benny Golson. Viktor wants to collect this last one to fulfill his father’s dream.

To make matters worse, Dixon needs to sign the form granting Viktor the right to remain in the United States, but refuses, instead deciding to deport him out of spite. Thanks to the timely interference of the friends Viktor has made during his stay in the terminal, he is allowed to leave the airport. As Viktor prepares to take a taxi to the Ramada Inn, 161 Lexington Avenue, in New York, where Benny Golson is performing, he observes Amelia exiting from a cab, where she gives him a wistful smile. He attends the show and collects the autograph, finally completing the collection. Afterwards, Viktor leaves and hails a taxi, telling the driver that he wants to go ‘home’.

Road to Perdition

  • Directors: Sam Mendes
  • Producers: Sam Mendes, Dean Zanuck, Richard D Zanuck
  • Writers: Screenplay, David Self, Graphic Novel, Max Allan Collins, Richard Piers Rayner
  • Genres: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Daniel Craig

Michael Sullivan, Sr. is an enforcer for John Rooney, an Irish American organized crime boss in Illinois during the Great Depression and the Al Capone mob-rule era. Sullivan, an orphan raised by Rooney, has worked for the crime boss most of his life.

He and Rooney’s son Connor are sent by Rooney to talk to Finn McGovern, a disgruntled employee. Twelve-year-old Michael Sullivan, Jr., hides in his father’s car and witnesses Connor’s impulsive killing of McGovern. Sullivan swears his son to secrecy, but Connor decides to hush him up forever with an attempt to kill the entire family. He ruthlessly murders Sullivan’s wife Annie and the couple’s younger son Peter, but Sullivan and Michael escape and flee to Chicago.

Sullivan requests a job with Capone’s mob and asks permission of crime kingpin Frank Nitti to seek revenge on Connor, who has been sent into hiding among them. The offer is rejected; when Rooney learns of the meeting, he allows Nitti to dispatch psychopathic photographer/assassin Harlen Maguire to kill both Sullivan and Michael. Maguire tracks them to a roadside diner but barely misses a chance against Sullivan. With Michael’s help, Sullivan now begins robbing the banks that are holding the Capone syndicate’s laundered money, hoping to trade it for Connor.

After mourning his father’s death, Michael finds his way back to the elderly couple that looked after him and Sullivan. He realizes that Sullivan’s greatest fear was that Michael would grow up to be just like him someday, and he understands why Sullivan was relieved at Michael’s inability to shoot Maguire.

A League of Their Own

  • Directors: Penny Marshall
  • Producers: Elliot Abbott, Robert Greenhut
  • Writers: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Sport
  • Actors: Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Lori Petty, Rosie O Donnell

When World War II threatens to shut down Major League Baseball, candy manufacturing magnate Walter Harvey (Garry Marshall) decides to create a women’s league to make money. Ira Lowenstein (David Strathairn) is put in charge of public relations and scout Ernie Capadino (Jon Lovitz) is sent out to recruit players.

Capadino likes what he sees in catcher Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis). She’s a terrific hitter and, almost as important, “a doll” and likely to attract male fans. He offers her a tryout, but the married woman is content where she is, working in a dairy and on the family farm in Oregon while her husband is away at war. He’s less impressed with her younger sister, pitcher Kit Keller (Lori Petty), who loves the game passionately but appears to be less talented. He finally lets her come along when she persuades Dottie to give it a try for her sake. Along the way to the tryouts, he also checks out Marla Hooch (Megan Cavanagh), a great switch-hitting slugger. However, the blunt-speaking scout finds her too homely and rejects her. Dottie and Kit refuse to continue on without her and Ernie reluctantly gives in.

When the trio arrive at the tryouts in Chicago, they meet Doris Murphy (Rosie O’Donnell) and Mae Mordabito (Madonna), two tough-talking Brooklynites. They are assigned with 14 others to form the Rockford Peaches; 48 other prospects are chosen for the Racine Belles, Kenosha Comets, or South Bend Blue Sox. The Peaches are managed by drunkard former baseball great Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks). Jimmy initially treats the whole thing as a joke, leaving the managerial duties to Dottie. However, he takes over when he sees how hard and well his team plays. Meanwhile, the players have to attend mandatory etiquette classes to maintain a “lady-like” image, even though they are also required to wear very short (by 1940s standards) skirts as part of their uniforms.

Many years later, the two sisters, who haven’t seen each other in quite a while, and many of their Peaches teammates (except for Dugan and Evelyn Gardner who had died some years earlier) are reunited at the opening of a women’s section in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Many of the older women shown in the final scenes had been actual players of the AAGPBL.

Big

  • Directors: Penny Marshall
  • Producers: James L Brooks, Robert Greenhut
  • Writers: Gary Ross, Anne Spielberg
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard

After being humiliated while attempting to impress an older teenage girl at a carnival, Josh Baskin (David Moscow) goes to a wish/fortune-telling machine (called Zoltar Speaks) and wishes that he were “big”. The next morning, he sees a face in the mirror he does not recognize. Overnight, he has become a 35-year-old man (Tom Hanks). With the help of his 13-year-old best friend, Billy Kopecki (Jared Rushton), Josh rents a cheap room in Manhattan and gets a lowly data-entry job at the MacMillan Toy Company. In a memorable scene, he meets the company’s owner, MacMillan (Robert Loggia), checking out the products at the FAO Schwarz toy store, and impresses him with his childlike enthusiasm. They end up playing a duet together on a “Big piano”, a foot-operated electronic keyboard, performing Chopsticks and Heart and Soul. This earns Josh a promotion to a dream job for a kid: testing toys all day long and getting paid for it. He soon attracts the attention of the beautiful, ambitious Susan Lawrence (Elizabeth Perkins), a fellow toy executive. A romance begins to develop, much to the annoyance of her current boyfriend, Paul (John Heard). As Josh becomes more and more entwined in his “adult” life, much to the annoyance of Billy, he soon begins to wish for the carefree life of a child again and becomes determined to find the Zoltar machine to reverse the wish.