Tag Archives: Steven Spielberg

THE POST: riveting thriller and revelatory personal portrait

The Post may be a docudrama, but it plays as a thriller and an astonishingly insightful portrait of Katharine Graham by Meryl Streep. It’s one of the best movies of the year – and one of the most important. Essentially, … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

BRIDGE OF SPIES: pretty good spy story with a great Mark Rylance

In Steven Spielberg’s true-to-life espionage thriller Bridge of Spies, Tom Hanks plays James B. Donovan, the insurance lawyer who went on a Cold War secret mission to negotiate the trade of a captured Russian spy for the captured US spy … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

coming up on TV: Steven Spielberg’s brilliant debut in DUEL

Set your DVRs for Turner Classic Movies’ November 21 airing of Duel.  In 1971, some Universal exec hired 25-year-old Steven Spielberg to make some TV movies, the first of which was Duel.  This low budget suspense thriller foreshadowed Jaws, Raiders … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Lincoln: Spielberg introduces us to Lincoln the man

At the moment of Abraham Lincoln’s death, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, standing at the foot of Lincoln’s bed, said “Now he belongs to the ages”.  Indeed, Lincoln became immortalized as moral icon, martyr and master of language (all of … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Trailer for Spielberg’s Lincoln

Here’s the trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln with Daniel Day-Lewis. It’s based on Doris Kearn Goodwin’s absorbing Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.  The film will be released on November 9. The brilliant cast also includes Joseph … Continue reading

Posted in Upcoming Movies | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

DVD of the Week: War Horse

War Horse is a sweeping epic that traces the journey of an especially spirited horse and its series of owners before and during World War I.  It’s not a critical spoiler to let you know that the horse survives, although … Continue reading

Posted in Weekly Movie Recommendations | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

For Presidents’ Day: the Lincoln movie

In late December, we’ll see a movie about perhaps the greatest American made by perhaps our greatest filmmaker.    Steven Spielberg is directing Lincoln, based on Doris Kearn Goodwin’s absorbing Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Daniel … Continue reading

Posted in Upcoming Movies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

War Horse: Spielberg’s sentimental epic

War Horse is a sweeping epic that traces the journey of an especially spirited horse and its series of owners before and during World War I.  It’s not a critical spoiler to let you know that the horse survives, although … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments