Our five faves of the moment: 'Captain Phillips,' Head and the Heart's 'Let's Be Still,' more

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  • Updated: October 13, 2013 - 1:00 AM

1 The spellbinding “Captain Phillips” re-creates the 2009 hijacking of an American-crewed freighter off the shore of Somalia. It’s an efficient, fast-paced survival thriller, a gripping character study of men under stress, and an object lesson in the power of spare, realistic storytelling. There’s not an ounce of fat in “Captain Phillips,” no awkward back story to drag. Character emerges not through emotional dialogue, but in action. As the commander of the freighter, Tom Hanks has his best role in a decade. We know how the story ends, and it’s still painful to see it.

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