Need to catch up on your movie viewing before the Academy Awards March 2? A few nominees — “Captain Phillips” and “Blue Jasmine” — make their timely debut Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Besides “Captain Phillips” and “Dallas Buyers Club,” which comes out Feb. 4, most of the best-picture contenders are still playing in theaters.
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“Captain Phillips” (PG-13): Watch Tom Hanks, says Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald, “for perhaps the finest moments of acting in his distinguished career.” In 2009, four Somali pirates hijacked a container ship near the Horn of Africa. Hanks plays the captain, and director Paul Greengrass recreates those terrible days in his now-trademark fashion: “utterly real, almost unbearably tense (even if you know how things ultimately turned out).”
Hanks didn’t receive an Oscar nomination, but the film did get six: for best picture, supporting actor (Barkhad Abdi), adapted screenplay, sound mixing, sound editing and film editing.
“Blue Jasmine” (PG-13): In this Woody Allen drama, Cate Blanchett — nominated for best actress — portrays a former New York socialite whose life has fallen apart. Sally Hawkins, as the sister who helps her, got a nod for best supporting actress and Allen for original screenplay.
“In a World …” (R): A vocal coach (Lake Bell) tries to make it in the male-dominated world of voice-over artists.
“Charlie Countryman” (R): An American (Shia LaBeouf) in Bucharest meets the girl of his dreams (Evan Rachel Wood) — and some very shady men (Mads Mikkelsen, Til Schweiger).
“Machete Kills” (R): Danny Trejo returns in the sequel to 2010’s “Machete” and, once again, there will be blood.
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