Tag Archive: Steven Spielberg

Everything Is Copy

BBBBB (out of 5) Nora Ephron died in 2012 at the age of 71 of leukemia, and the shocking news of her death was compounded by the revelation that her illness was something she… Continue reading

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The BFG

BBBB (out of 5) Sophie is lonely in her London orphanage, beset by the misery within its walls and what she senses are possible monsters outside her window.  She dares to look beyond the curtain and… Continue reading

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Bridge Of Spies

BBBB (out of 5) It’s the height of the Cold War, and Tom Hanks plays a insurance lawyer who gets an unusual request from his boss: an enemy agent (Mark Rylance) has been caught and… Continue reading

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Austin Powers In Goldmember

BB (out of 5) In the first installment of this comedy series, Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery, writer/star Mike Myers surrounded a bunch of hysterical sight gags with a witty premise that… Continue reading

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Poltergeist

BBBB (out of 5) Here’s something you’ve always been looking for: a family-friendly horror movie. An average suburban clan are delighted when they discover furniture starting to move by itself in their home;… Continue reading

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Empire Of The Sun

BBBB (out of 5) Christian Bale stars as a British boy living in Shanghai who is separated from his parents and taken to a prisoner of war camp when the Japanese invade the city.… Continue reading

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The Color Purple

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Whoopi Goldberg makes a beautiful film acting debut as a mistreated woman in Georgia in the early teens and twenties, whose own sad story is surrounded by the misfortunes of… Continue reading

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Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

BBBB (out of 5) Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) indulges a very willing audience in an old-fashioned adventure that is full of mystery, exoticism and full-throttle excitement. He is commissioned by a religious art… Continue reading

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Always (1989)

BBB.5 (out of 5) In this remake of A Guy Named Joe, Richard Dreyfuss plays an airborne firefighter who dies in a tragic accident, leaving behind his heartbroken girlfriend (Holly Hunter) and his best… Continue reading

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Hook

BB.5 (out of 5) If you’re young enough, this continuation of the Peter Pan story by J.M. Barrie will seem like a grand, glorious adventure; anyone over the age of 13 will see… Continue reading

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Jurassic Park

BBBB (out of 5) Sam Neill and Laura Dern are paleontologists who are invited to a remote Costa Rican island belonging to a billionaire (Richard Attenborough) to view his latest project. After years of digging… Continue reading

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park

BBB (out of 5) Inferior sequel to 1993’s blockbuster hit Jurassic Park that beefs up the dinosaur scenes but skimps you on the character development and the sense of wonder that made the… Continue reading

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Amistad

BB.5 (out of 5) Overlong and patronizing account of a slave ship bound for Jamaica, whose passengers revolt with the intent of returning to Africa but end up in 19th-century Massachusetts instead. Now… Continue reading

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Saving Private Ryan

BBBB (out of 5) The first half hour of Steven Spielberg’s excellent film is one of the best war movies ever made. Perfect editing, sound design and realistic photography draw you in and… Continue reading

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence

BBB (out of 5) Reasonably interesting futuristic version of Pinocchio has Steven Spielberg filling in for the late great Stanley Kubrick, who had made this his next project after Eyes Wide Shut. Spielberg’s screenplay… Continue reading

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Minority Report

BBBB (out of 5) In a not-too-distant future, three humans are, as the result of genetic tampering, imbued with the ability to predict murders through their linked psychic dreams. A special task force… Continue reading

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Catch Me If You Can

BBBB (out of 5) For almost three years in the sixties, high school student Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) traveled the world masquerading as a Pan-Am pilot, a doctor and a lawyer, cashing… Continue reading

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The Terminal

BB.5 (out of 5) Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) flies into New York city’s JFK airport from the fictional nation of Krakhozia with very little command of the English language and the desire to… Continue reading

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War Of The Worlds

BBB.5 (out of 5) Thrilling remake of the Oscar-winning 1953 adaptation of the H.G. Wells story, which was first made famous by Orson Welles’ radio broadcast on Hallowe’en of 1938. While the basic… Continue reading

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Munich

BBB.5 (out of 5) Steven Spielberg’s most hard-edged film since Schindler’s List is this compelling, extremely well filmed recount of the events following the murder of Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the… Continue reading

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Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

BBBB (out of 5) A mere twenty-seven years after he found the Ark of the Covenant and gave Star Wars a run for its money at the box office, cinema’s beloved archaeologist/adventurer is… Continue reading

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The Adventures Of Tintin

BBB (out of 5) Hergé’s children’s book series is adapted to the big screen with a sense of wonder and excitement by Steven Spielberg, here trying his hand as director of an animated… Continue reading

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War Horse

BBBB (out of 5) They don’t make ‘em like they used to, but god bless ‘em for trying. Steven Spielberg adapts Michael Morpurgo’s novel and play into a wholly enjoyable, classic piece of… Continue reading

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Lincoln

BBBB (out of 5) The Civil War has been depleting American life and idealism for years by the time we catch up with Honest Abe at the beginning of this rich biopic, just… Continue reading

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Memoirs Of A Geisha

BB (out of 5) Shallow, endless adaptation of Arthur Golden’s unbelievably successful bestseller, with Ziyi Zhang as a poor young Japanese girl who is taken from her home as a child and sold… Continue reading

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The Goonies

BB.5 (out of 5) A group of misfit kids have to face the loss of their homes when a fancy development is planned to replace them unless their families can come up with… Continue reading

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Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

BBB.5 (out of 5) Long considered the worst of the Indiana Jones trilogy, this is still a grand adventure that is fun to watch over and over again. In this installment, Jones agrees… Continue reading

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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

BBBB (out of 5) Henry Thomas is wonderful as a little boy who encounters an alien creature that was accidentally abandoned by his spaceship in a nearby forest. Taking the alien intruder in, the… Continue reading

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Raiders Of The Lost Ark

BBBB (out of 5) Writer-producer George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg resurrect the spirit of the exotic cliffhanger serials of the thirties in this tale of adventurous archaeologist Indiana Jones, a thrill seeking… Continue reading

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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Critics and audiences alike wondered how Steven Spielberg would follow the phenomenal success of Jaws, and he did it with this milestone science-fiction film.  Richard Dreyfuss stars as a… Continue reading

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Jaws

BBBBB (out of 5) Where is there greater terror to be found than in this classic film? It is the birth of Steven Spielberg’s fame and the reason why many people still refuse… Continue reading

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The Sugarland Express

BBBB (out of 5) Bubbly Goldie Hawn shows up for a visit at husband William Atherton‘s prison and announces that she’s going to break him out. She’s found out where their daughter is… Continue reading

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Schindler’s List

BBBBB (out of 5) Powerful, unforgettable drama that is Steven Spielberg’s best drama. Liam Neeson is excellent as a high-ranking Nazi who saves the lives of one thousand Polish Jews by keeping them employed… Continue reading

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Flags Of Our Fathers

BBBB (out of 5) Clint Eastwood gives the dramatic depth to a World War II movie that was missing from Saving Private Ryan and the Band Of Brothers series to this heartfelt film… Continue reading

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Letters From Iwo Jima

BBBBB (out of 5) Any suggestion that Flags Of Our Fathers was a shameless opportunity for flag-waving can easily be dismissed by the existence of this film, a superior, haunting look at the… Continue reading

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Super 8

BBB (out of 5) A group of pre-teens in 1979 small town Ohio are busy making a zombie movie at a train station, but their playful fun turns dangerous when they witness a… Continue reading

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