Captain Phillips,” the saga of Richard Phillips, the ship captain from Vermont who survived being taken hostage by Somali pirates in 2009, won’t be in theaters for a while, but it screened at the New York Film Festival the other night, and the reviews are generally favorable. Even though we all know how the story ends — Phillips survives — director Paul Greengrass apparently manages to make the high-seas adventure compelling. Tom Hanks stars as Phillips, who hails from tiny Underhill, Vt., and Catherine Keener plays his wife. Says Variety: “Hanks is predictably sturdy as the embattled captain (save for a come-and-go Boston accent), playing the kind of Everyman facing extraordinary circumstances he’s played many times.”

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