Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

The word: Stephen Daldry (who has been nominated for each of the three feature-length films he has made), directs this book adaptation boasting an Oscar-caliber cast (Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks) and a weighty subject matter (the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks). Caveats: Book adaptations are often more miss than hits, and it remains to be seen how audiences respond to Sept. 11-themed films). Other best bets: Director (Daldry), Supporting Actress (Bullock), Supporting Actor (Max von Sydow)
Francois Duhamel, Baltimore Sun
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