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« on: August 25, 2016, 10:25:14 PM »

This will be the "official" thread for media reviews of Sully and current features about its cast and crew. Please try to keep it to major print, broadcast and online media, not random blog posts or tweets.

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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2016, 01:52:25 AM »

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@Petertravers has seen a few Oscar contenders, including "Sully"

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No mention of "Silence," just like in EW's "Fall Movie Preview." That film's prospects are looking slimmer and slimmer by the day. Hopefully we do end up catching Scorsese's latest Opus before the year is done.

I wasn't holding out much hope for the new Tim Burton and Clint Eastwood's "Sully," but consider me intrigued now by both of them.

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"Sully"
"Tom Hanks hits a new career peak as Capt. Sully Sullenberger."
"Director Clint Eastwood, shooting with IMAX cameras, nails the visuals, but it's as personal drama that Sully soars."

http://www.mrruimy.com/2016/08/petertravers-has-seen-few-oscar.html
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2016, 02:38:25 AM »

Twitter Chat With 'Sully' Star Tom Hanks
by IMDb-Editors | 28-Aug-2016
http://www.imdb.com/imdbpicks/tom-hanks-twitter-chat/ls063427900/
'Sully' star Tom Hanks took over our [IMDb's] Twitter account to answer fan questions about his upcoming movie.
Check out the full chat at: #AskTomHanks
https://twitter.com/hashtag/AskTomHanks
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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2016, 06:32:54 PM »

Variety's story features comments by Sullenberger, Eastwood and Hanks:

http://variety.com/2016/film/news/tom-hanks-clint-eastwood-sully-1201847050/
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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2016, 10:27:43 PM »

iSpot.tv provides information on television commercials: when and where the commercial is shown, versions of the commercial, who is in the commercial and related information.

This is the information on the Sully Trailers:
https://www.ispot.tv/ad/ARpg/sully-movie-trailer

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Commercial Airing Data
Recently Aired
Thu, Sep 1, 2016 2:12 AM CT (13m ago)
Recently Aired On
CBS
Recently Aired During
The Late Late Show With James Corden
Number of Versions
11
National Airings
2,615
Spot Spend Rank
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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2016, 08:30:47 AM »

http://www.thewrap.com/telluride-film-festival-lineup-includes-la-la-land-sully-and-arrival/
The Wrap
Telluride Film Festival Lineup Includes ‘La La Land,’ ‘Sully’ and ‘Arrival’
The four-day Colorado festival has screened seven of the last eight Best Picture winners
Steve Pond | September 1, 2016 @ 8:06 AM

FYI:
http://www.telluridefilmfestival.org/
Telluride, Colorado
September 2-5
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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2016, 09:03:59 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2016, 07:38:36 PM »

A couple more good ones ...

L.A. Times, "Eastwood and Hanks talk 'Sully,' their film about the ‘humble, smiling hero’ who landed on the Hudson River"
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-ca-mn-0904-sneaks-sully-20160828-snap-story.html

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Is it different acting with a director who is also an actor?

Hanks: It is, ’cause they know what’s required. All directors should have to act and all actors should have to direct, so that they can understand all these key things that come into play with whether you can meet your day. I went off and surveyed everybody I knew who had worked with Clint and said, “Is it true?” That’s all you have to say.

Charlotte Observer
, "Laura Linney shares secrets to playing ‘Sully’s’ wife in Miracle on the Hudson film"
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article99233422.html
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Even if Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” had been pitched to her as, oh, say, yet another Pixar sequel about a large, furry blue monster with horns and purple spots, Laura Linney still probably would have jumped at the chance to be in it.

“There are a few directors who can whisper my name, and I don’t care what they want me to do, I’ll show up. He’s one of them,” says the 52-year-old actress, who this month will appear in her third Clint Eastwood film (previously, she starred in his 1997 drama “Absolute Power” and in his 2003 mystery “Mystic River”).
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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2016, 08:59:43 PM »

Belfast Telegraph
Clint Eastwood opens up about plane disaster
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September 2, 2016
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/news/clint-eastwood-opens-up-about-plane-disaster-35015883.html
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The movie star was hitching a lift to see his parents in Seattle when he found himself fighting for his life as Navy plane went down off the coast of California.

Clint Eastwood has opened up about his near-death emergency landing at sea.

The actor/director relived the terror as he filmed new movie Sully, which chronicles hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger's 'Miracle on the Hudson' water landing in 2009.

Clint previously told Parade magazine he also experienced an emergency water landing when the Navy plane, on which he was hitching a ride, had to ditch off the coast of California, adding, "I know the anxieties when the engines are out and you're heading toward the water." ...
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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2016, 09:40:14 PM »

TheWrap
‘Sully’ Telluride Review: Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks Successfully Co-Pilot True-Life Heroism Drama
The behind-the-scenes tale of “The Miracle on the Hudson” underscores a stirring portrait of its celebrated and scrutinized pilot
Robert Abele | September 2, 2016 @ 8:32 PM
http://www.thewrap.com/sully-review/
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... And while the visual effects are first rate — Eastwood’s always been a pro at using CGI as a means rather than as the end — there’s a lively, hard-to-ignore subtext here, wherein an 86-year-old classicist filmmaker tells the story of an experienced captain, still alive because of his confident human instincts, under threat by an industry’s over-reliance on computer simulation. “Sully,” an honest, skillful rumination on what makes a hero, is just one more example of how Eastwood, having directed movies only slightly longer than his protagonist had been flying planes, is still a masterful pilot himself.
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« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2016, 10:19:57 PM »

With the film premiering at Telluride, some major reviews will be earlier than expected. This is from Peter Debruge, chief film critic for Variety:

http://variety.com/2016/film/reviews/sully-review-1201848771/

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If there’s one Hollywood star you would trust to crash-land a commercial airliner without injuring a soul on board, it would surely be Tom Hanks. After risking his life in order to save his crew in “Captain Phillips,” the two-time Oscar-winner takes to the skies — and mere moments later, to the chilly waters of the Hudson River, after a flock of birds blows out both engines of US Airways Flight 1549 — in a remarkable true story that inspires confidence not only in its leading man, but in honest, hard-working Americans everywhere.

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While only a dream sequence, “Sully’s” opening feels less like a stunt from a director who alternates between sober, seemingly timeless portraits of exceptional personalities (“American Sniper,” “Million Dollar Baby”), and corny, cardboard melodramas too old-fashioned in their approach (“Jersey Boys,” “Changeling”), occasionally landing somewhere in the middle (à la “Flags of Our Fathers”). “Sully” is an example of the last done right: a straightforward tribute to the extraordinary actions taken by an irreproachable character who refuses to see himself as a hero. It’s not a particularly great Clint Eastwood movie — it ranks perhaps ninth or 10th on a résumé of 35 features, two of them best picture winners — but it’s one that promises to resonate in a big way with Americans at this moment in time.

I think this came up in our first thread on this film ... Sully does indeed feature a score by Clint:

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As unfussy as ever, Eastwood juggles the script’s odd chronology-bending structure, steering by his central character’s conscience throughout, while supplying another of his simple piano scores, which doubles as the melody for end-credits song “We’re All Flying Home” ...
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« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2016, 10:25:12 PM »

Todd McCarthy in The Hollywood Reporter: "The bottom line—Taut and vivid."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/tom-hanks-clint-eastwoods-sully-924501

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A vigorous and involving salute to professionalism and being good at your job, Sully vividly portrays the physical realities and human elements in the dramatic safe landing of a crippled US Airways jet on the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. An elegant and eloquent docudrama, Clint Eastwood's 35th feature as a director is also, at 96 minutes, the shortest of all his films, which well serves this to-the-point account of a potential tragedy with a happy ending. With a white-haired and mustachioed Tom Hanks in the title role, this taut, upbeat drama looks to play well with a wide general audience.

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Crisply shot by Tom Stern in great part with IMAX cameras and seen to impressive advantage in this format, the film is distinguished by essentially seamless visual effects that make all aspects of the highly photogenic near-catastrophe riveting to watch; the film is supremely well-crafted in all regards.

One striking difference between this and most of Eastwood's previous work, however, is the pacing. After working for four decades with master editor Joel Cox and making very few films that came in at under two hours, Eastwood took this occasion to promote Blu Murray from assistant editor, a position she had filled under Cox since 2006. The result is swift, fleet-footed cutting that imparts a noticeably different feel from most of the director's more measured work, a snappy momentum that perfectly suits the nature of the material.
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« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2016, 10:30:06 PM »

Chris Nashawaty in Entertainment Weekly gives it a B:

http://www.ew.com/article/2016/09/02/sully-ew-review

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There was no doubt in the days after the Miracle on the Hudson that this unbelievable media event would be turned into a shelf of quickie books, a 20/20 special or two, and maybe a TV movie of the week. But the fact that it’s now been turned into a prestige, early Oscar-season studio film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks is kind of surprising. After all, the flight lasted all of 208 seconds. And Sully didn’t seem like a character with that much dramatic backstory to unpack. Maybe that’s why Sully, as wonderfully acted and sure-handedly directed as it is, ends up feeling a little padded and stretched thin. There’s not enough narrative meat on the bone.

And yet, it’s an effectively thrilling story of quietly unassuming, can-do American heroism—the kind, sadly, we don’t get to witness much these days.
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« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2016, 06:28:47 PM »

Deadline Hollywood
‘Sully’ Gets Standing Ovations; Clint Eastwood Says Story Turned Down Four Times – Telluride
by Pete Hammond
September 3, 2016 2:52pm
http://deadline.com/2016/09/telluride-film-festival-sully-two-standing-ovations-clint-eastwood-1201813187/
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... Eastwood and cast members Tom Hanks, Laura Linney and Aaron Eckhart received a standing ovation when they entered to introduce the film, but you could hear a pin drop as the gripping film was playing. There was prolonged applause once the end credits began and a second standing ovation when the group took the stage for a post-screening Q&A. ...
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« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2016, 07:02:11 PM »

I'm super psyched for this film.... I mean, movie.
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« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2016, 04:11:31 AM »

http://www.awardsdaily.com/2016/09/03/sully-eastwoods-story-of-not-one-hero-but-many-review/
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There is one thing Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, and Sully Sullenberger all have in common: they aren’t comfortable with taking credit alone. Whenever asked, all three of them are quick to share the credit with others. Hanks always credits his fellow filmmakers and the cast. Eastwood always credits the writing and his reliable collaborators. And Sully, well, Sully knows that he wasn’t the only hero that day when US Airways Flight 1549 hit a flock of geese that blew out both its engines. ...

It turns out, after all of these years, I am a Clint Eastwood fan. I knew it when I was most excited to see Sully this weekend. I know it when I rewatch Changeling and Mystic River. There is something about the kind of films he makes that appeal to my sensibilities. Darkness, moodiness, methodical procedurals. Sometimes slow moving but always involving stories. All of that is present in Sully, even if it would be easy to write this film off as another typical snatched-from-the-headlines biographical docudrama. ...
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« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2016, 10:26:17 PM »

Tim Grierson in Screen Daily is generally positive:

http://www.screendaily.com/5108990.article

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An unabashed salute to real-life heroism, Sully rivetingly recreates the daring 2009 emergency water landing in New York’s Hudson River executed by American airline pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. As with his unlikely box-office smash American Sniper, director Clint Eastwood decorates his protagonist with a noble crown that sometimes sits heavy on his head, and Tom Hanks gives the character a soft-spoken, conflicted dignity. Though not always as confident outside of the cockpit, Sully mostly earns its crowd-pleasing, lump-in-your-throat sentiment.

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Although only 95 minutes long, Sully has a rather complex structure, the film taking place during the investigation but interweaving flashbacks of different moments during the flight as well as earlier episodes from Sullenberger’s life. Each time Eastwood returns to the doomed flight, though, the film snaps to attention, the director’s patented subdued approach working wonders to amplify the inherently thrilling and frightening incident that lasted all of 208 seconds.
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« Reply #18 on: September 06, 2016, 07:38:16 AM »

Daniel Eagan at Film Journal International is digging it:

http://www.filmjournal.com/reviews/film-review-sully

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Clint Eastwood continues his remarkable run of late-inning successes with Sully, a no-frills account of surprise hero Chesley Sullenberger. Told with documentary precision and an acute understanding of its characters, it is an intense, harrowing, ultimately uplifting movie that deserves a wide audience.
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