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'Captain Phillips' a smart, white-knuckled thriller

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Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) confronts Somali pirates taking over his cargo ship in Paul Greengrass' fact-based suspense thriller "Captain Phillips."

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In Paul Greengrass' thrilling drama "Captain Phillips" -- assuming you possess a sense of humanity -- you begin to feel as sorry for the four Somali pirates as you do Tom Hanks' titular hero whom they've kidnapped for ransom. The disorganized, untrained pirates, operating on a mix of bravado and fear, challenge the U.S. Navy like virtually weaponless Davids going against a military Goliath.
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