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What Lurks Beneath: 'Jaws' and Political Leadership in the Time of COVID-19

Boris Johnson admires the Mayor in Spielberg's Jaws. Remember him? He was the guy who wouldn't close the beaches -- and sacrifice that revenue source -- during a public crisis.

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Ridley Scott's 'All the Money in the World' and Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' Offer a Revealing Study in Directorial Contrasts

One picture was directly shaped in response to current events; the other was sideswiped by them.

Film

‘The Post’ Is an Exhilarating Love Letter to Journalistic Integrity

Spielberg's inspired rabblerousing may be preaching to the choir, but it's a damn good sermon.

J.R. Kinnard
Books

'Movies That Mattered' Captures Dave Kehr's Astute Film Criticism

Dave Kehr is one of the best long-form essay writers people read for clear and sometimes brutally honest indictments of film.

Books

'The Best of Richard Matheson' Is Among the Best of Pop Culture

Richard Matheson's work has so permeated modern pop culture that it can be hard to find works not at least partially indebted to an idea of his or, as is more often the case, someone influenced by him.

Film

2017 Fall Film Preview: At Last, the Film Industry Awakens From Its Slumber

From Gary Oldman in The Darkest Hour to James Franco's meta-experiment Blade Runner: 2049 and Daniel Day-Lewis's final role, here are the movies you'll want to watch ... and a couple you might not.

Film

The Best Films of 2016

PopMatters presents a list of the best films that surfaced in 2016 and impressed us with their cinematic visions of where we’ve been.

Film

New Additions to Netflix Worth Watching in September

Netflix has got plenty of acclaimed additions streaming this month, whether to fuel procrastination or prep for the impending Oscar season.

Film

E.T. Was Gay

Steven Spielberg's most child-friendly blockbuster primed a generation to be more accepting of homosexuality.

Film

10 Oscar Winners (and the Films They Should Have Won For)

Sometimes, the Academy Awards a consolation prize of sorts for getting it wrong in a previous year. Here are 10 examples of this phenomenon.

Music

Wardell: Love / Idleness

Just because their dad produced Transformers, it doesn't make Wardell bad people.

Internet

What Is It About TV These Days?

Can it still be called television if there's no network? Or even no actual, physical television?

Reviews

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.

Film

Abandoned 'Star Wars' Plot Points Episode II: The Force Behind the Scenes

With Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm already changing Star Wars, let's look at the prior behind the scene changes in the saga.

Film

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.

Reviews

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.

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Did You Know that Dinosaurs Can't Break Through Wood? 'Terra Nova: The Complete Series'

Proof that a bloated budget can be deeply non-indicative of quality, Terra Nova squanders any potential it had on plots and character types that appear to have been created in a generic Sci-Fi Plot Generator.

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That Seriously Pissed-Off Shark Is Back: 'Jaws'

Steven Spielberg used a shark the way Herman Melville used a whale, transforming it from special effect into metaphor.

Film

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.

Reviews

'War Horse': Will the Cinematic Epic Suffer the Same Fate as the Venerable War Horse?

Steven Spielberg’s War Horse celebrates the story of Joey, a miraculous horse who brings out the humanity in those he meets. The director also exalts the art of old-fashioned filmmaking and helps audiences understand the complexity of making an epic.

Reviews

'The Three Amigos!' Lacks Punch, but Still Warrants a Chuckle or Two

The Three Amigos! falls prey to the comedy misstep of not delivering on its promised absurdity, resulting in an enjoyable, if underwhelming romp.

Reviews

Between Church & State

Can ideology be passed on without being radically altered? In Damaged #2 creators Michael and John Schwarz along with writer David Lapham and artist Leonardo Manco explore this question that is at once artistic, relevant to the digital economy and core American values. Explore more of the story in the free-to-download preview attached to this story.

Television

Your Virtual Fall TV Preview: Mondays

Part one of a primetime look at what the major networks will be offering us, with predictions on what will stick and what will flop.

Film

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...

Reviews

'Fiddler on the Roof' Asks: How Does One Cling to Personal Belief in the Wake of Change?

Fiddler on the Roof represents the Hollywood musical at its most astute. A terrific, light-hearted, but deep thinking dramedy filled with dazzling performances, and ponderous, insightful, even timeless themes.

Theatre

Celebrity and the Celebration of Art: The Transformation of Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch’s body of work is impressive. So what has previously prevented his transformation from a highly talented, sought-after actor to bona fide international celebrity?

Games

A Truly '90s Cultural Artifact: 'Goosebumps: Escape From HorrorLand'

Jeff Goldblum and Isabella Rossellini collaborated with Steven Spielberg on a Goosebumps video game and somehow it never became an Internet meme.

Reviews

'A.I.: Artificial Intelligence' Visually Balances a Futuristic Milieu with the Warmth of Home

Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski is responsible for adding beauty—wisps of fog, baths of light—to Steven Spielberg's otherwise relentlessly harsh story, A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

Sports

Super Bowl 2011's Best Commercials

The Super Bowl isn’t just the biggest night of the year for football fans, it’s also TV advertising’s main event.

Books

'Poltergeist': Home Sweet Hell

James Kahn’s version of Poltergeist is a rare example of a book written after a movie is released, which results in a riveting read.

Film

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.

Books

Homemade Hollywood by Clive Young

With the advent of the hand-held camera, a maverick cultural archetype was born: the brash, charming romantic taking advantage of popular fascination with the movies.

Michael E. Ross
Reviews

Boom Blox

The different weights of blocks and projectiles alike are so well realized, they are almost tactile.


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