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Wednesday, December 18 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2013

As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format.


Thursday, January 31 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2012

From classics to contemporary television, the typical titles and the surprising outsider choices, the year in home video was just as divisive, and delightful, as the rest of our meaningful media.


Sunday, January 27 2013

The Best Films of 2012

From popcorn perfection to animation experimentation, foreign finesse and good old Hollywood hokum, 2012 delivered the shiny cinematic goods and then some. Here are our choices for the titles that took on the challenge, and won.


Tuesday, January 8 2013

The Best Male Film Performances of 2012

From diabolical tech terrorism to brutal slave ownership, the actors that make up this year's best traversed a wide canvas of creative and cinematic choices.


Sunday, January 6 2013

The Best Female Film Performances of 2012

From a precocious young girl bravely battling the elements to much older women waging war with their own demons, 2012 was a standout year for actresses, with these being some of the very, very best.


Columns

Tuesday, February 12 2013

A Blackly Sardonic Telling of Abe Lincoln: 'Crime Classics, The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln'

You think Steven Spielberg's Lincoln is compelling? Try upping the ante with Crime Classics: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.


Monday, May 14 2012

Like All Movie Stars, Even 'War Horse' Joey Needs Make-up

One of the most challenging aspects for Ali Bannister, head of the equine hair and make-up department on the set of War Horse, was keeping artists safe when applying mud to the rear ends of over 80 horses.


Thursday, August 13 2009

Oceans of Fear

Brace yourself: this is a fish tale that can silence – like the great white shark itself – all of its competitors.


Reviews

Thursday, March 28 2013

A History Unchallenged: 'Lincoln'

Despite its considerable credentials, Lincoln avoids succumbing to the requisite Spielberg traps—save for a key few. What's interesting, and a little bit disturbing, is how procedurally it treats a sensitive topic like the passage of the 13th Amendment.


Thursday, March 7 2013

'Schindler's List: 20th Anniversary Limited Edition'

Steven Spielberg directs films when the time is right for him to do so, not when the studio demands it or the whims of a fickle moviegoing public may be headed in a certain direction. His timing was right with Schindler's List.


Wednesday, January 9 2013

'Catch Me If You Can' Is a Thriller, but of Lighter, Caper-ish Stock

What makes con artist Frank Abagnale, Jr., especially fascinating and oddly likable, is that even when engaging in deception and fraud, he's not always entirely faking.


Friday, November 9 2012

'Lincoln': Fiction and History

The film presents Abraham Lincoln's deliberations as a function of his innate morality, as well as an emotional rightness.


Thursday, October 25 2012

Bring It Home: 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial'

This 30th anniversary Blu-ray/DVD may induce yawns from some, but it was a revelation for me. This was my first viewing of E.T. in a long time, and reminded me of its many charms.


Blogs

Thursday, November 15 2012

History Always Repeats: 'Lincoln'

Dropping us directly into the fray without any real context and hoping we can pick up the pieces and the players as the drama unfolds, Lincoln is a masterpiece of manipulated storytelling.


Tuesday, December 27 2011

Boy Wonder: 'The Adventures of Tintin'

(A) rollercoaster ride of thrills and spills, a true leap for the otherwise awkward animation type and proof that when visionaries sit behind the lens, anything can be turned into a wondrous work of art.


Thursday, December 22 2011

An Amazing Animal: 'War Horse'

War Horse may be nothing new for the man who made his name as the King of the Blockbuster, but it does represent what he does best.


Tuesday, June 7 2011

The Popcorn King: The Top 10 Steven Spielberg Summer Blockbusters

The 10 Greatest Examples of Summer Movie Magic By the Filmmaker Who Created the Reason for the Season...


Wednesday, May 12 2010

Super 8 Trailer: The Non-Cameraphone Version (trailer)

The newest film from director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg may not be hitting theaters until Summer 2011, but the film's viral marketing campaign is in full swing with the online release of the teaser trailer.


Virtual Actuality: The Prescience of 'Minority Report' (Short Ends and Leader) [21.Apr.10]

News

Thursday, November 8 2012

Steven Spielberg Hopes to Reveal the Lincoln You Might Not Know

LOS ANGELES — “Lincoln today is beyond partisan politics,” Steven Spielberg said in a recent interview about his new movie, “Lincoln.” “Yeahhhh,” said screenwriter Tony Kushner,


Wednesday, January 11 2012

John Williams and Steven Spielberg mark 40 years of collaboration

LOS ANGELES — The quietest room in Hollywood may be the office where John Williams composes. In a bungalow on the Universal Studios lot, steps from


Wednesday, November 30 2011

Spielberg aims to make us laugh and cry this holiday season

ORLANDO, Fla. — Steven Spielberg has made a pretty fair living over the decades making audiences cry. And the Oscar winning director of “E.T.,” “Schindler’


Monday, July 25 2011

'Tintin' arrives at Comic-Con with heavyweights

SAN DIEGO — Steven Spielberg finally made a pilgrimage to Comic-Con on Friday, arriving at the convention for the first time in his long career to


Friday, June 10 2011

J.J. Abrams teams with his childhood hero, Steven Spielberg

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — There are plenty of stories with Hollywood endings — this is one with a Hollywood beginning. A new J.J. Abrams film called


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