Film riffs: ‘Saving Mr. Banks’

December 19, 2013
Tom Hanks, left, is Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks." (Disney)
Tom Hanks, left, is Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks.” (Disney)

“Saving Mr. Banks,” out Friday, is an odd film because usually when banks show up in movies, they’re getting robbed. But here they’re being saved! Except the “banks” in the title isn’t a real bank. Or a real person. Here are some movie banks anyway.

‘Drag Me to Hell’
In Sam Raimi’s 2009 horror film, Alison Lohman plays a loan officer who evicts an old woman, who enacts revenge by putting a curse on her and stealing ALL THE LOLLIPOPS.

‘The Bank Job’
A major London bank takes a hit in this 2008 action film, but there’s a twist. No, it’s not that the criminals literally dig into the vault. Or that they end up finding a ton of secrets belonging to high-powered Brits. It’s that it’s based on a true story.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
Jimmy Stewart is the banker with a heart in Frank Capra’s 1946 classic that you’ll see at least once in the next week. So much of a heart, in fact, that he kind of sucks at being a banker.

‘Catch Me If You Can’
Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t need a gun to rob a bank in this 2002 film; he just sweet-talked the information he needed out of the teller (who was played by … Elizabeth Banks!).

‘Inside Job’
This Oscar-winning 2010 documentary both examines big banks’ role in the financial meltdown and convinces you that you should just bury all your money in the backyard.

Kristen Page-Kirby covers film for The Washington Post Express.
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Kristen Page-Kirby · December 19, 2013