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New releases: 'Captain Phillips' puts you on the boat in a hijacking

New releases: 'Captain Phillips' puts you on the boat in a hijacking

Captain Phillips

Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $40.99

Available on VOD beginning Jan. 21

The true story of the hijacking of the freighter Maersk Alabama becomes a refreshingly original action movie in "Captain Phillips," a Paul Greengrass-directed, Billy Ray-scripted, Tom Hanks-starring docudrama that plays up the complexities of the conflict with a you-are-there intensity. As Richard Phillips, Hanks is officious and even a little prickly, which exacerbates the situation when he's being held at gunpoint by a young, wiry pirate (Barkhad Abdi) with nothing to lose. Ray and Greengrass focus on the details of modern commercial shipping and the culture of African piracy,...

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