Today’s Movie Trailers: Monuments Men and Captain Phillips

George Clooney and Tom Hanks square off against Nazis and Somali pirates

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Monuments Men 

One of our favorite mega-star interactions, George Clooney and Matt Damon, team up to tell the true story of a group of art aficionados, based on Robert Edsel’s book, who joined up with the U.S. Army to help save Jewish cultural history.

As Clooney’s character says in the trailer, “If you destroy an entire generation of people’s culture, it is like they never existed. That is what Hitler wants and it is the one thing we can’t allow.”

The tale tells of eight “unlikely heroes” made up of museum curators and art historians who will “save history” by forming a real U.S. platoon and going into war-torn World War II to save cultural relics stolen by the Nazis. “Tell our boys what they can — and cannot — blow up,” Clooney says.

Along with Clooney (who also directed) and Damon, we get Bill Murray, John Goodman and Cate Blanchett. All on Dec. 18, giving you time to brush up on your art history.

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Captain Phillips

Intense. That’s the operative word to describe the latest trailer for Captain Phillips.

Tom Hanks plays captain Richard Phillips, who led his crew of 20 through the 2009 hijacking of the freighter Maersk Alabama at the hands—and guns—Somali pirates.

Voicing quite the accent, Hanks conveys an understandable degree of anxiety as he radios that the Alabama is facing a potential attack — and that the approaching boats are “not here to fish.” The drama only increases, culminating in an Oct. 11 release of the film directed by The Bourne Ultimatum’s Paul Greengrass.

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