News of the World

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News of the World takes a slow but absorbing ride down a comfortingly familiar Western trail, guided by Tom Hanks in peak paternal mode.

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Five years after the end of the Civil War, Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd crosses paths with a 10-year-old girl taken by the Kiowa people. Forced to return to her aunt and uncle, Kidd agrees to escort the child across the harsh and unforgiving plains of Texas. However, the long journey soon turns into a fight for survival as the traveling companions encounter danger at every turn -- both human and natural.

Cast & Crew

Tom Hanks
Captain Kidd
Mare Winningham
Doris Boudlin
Ray McKinnon
Simon Boudlin
Bill Camp
Mr. Branholme
Neil Sandilands
Wilhelm Leonberger
Paul Greengrass
Screenwriter
Luke Davies
Screenwriter
Steven Shareshian
Executive Producer
Tore Schmidt
Executive Producer
Dariusz Wolski
Cinematographer
William Goldenberg
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  • 2d ago
    The most fascinating thing about "News of the World" was the reminder that there were so many people in the 1800's that couldn't read, one could actually make money reading to a crowd. That's what I love about movies. They can entertain, educate and/or remind people what life was like at some place or point in time. "News of the World" follows Hanks and an orphaned girl on their journey across the West, but as in all things Western, eventually sh*t goes sideways. For some reason this reminded me of the far superior True Grit, albeit with the roles somewhat reversed between the grizzled wanderer and his young charge. It's a slow burn until the second act where there are some well-crafted tense scenes, but ultimately deteriorates towards the end with a very Hollywood ending.
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