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Film Critics Pick Steven Spielberg’s Best Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey

Film Critics Pick Steven Spielberg’s Best Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “The Post,” which is set to hit theaters on December 20th, what is Steven Spielberg’s best film?

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E.T.” There is really no other filmmaker who portrays wonder and innocence quite like Spielberg. While he’s done many great movies, “E.T.” not only captures the purity and curiosity of youth, but its beautiful effects and simple observations implore all of us to stop and take notice of the world around us and humanity itself.

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Flashback: Trailer for Original 'Jurassic Park' in Stuns Spielberg Fans in 1993

Flashback: Trailer for Original 'Jurassic Park' in Stuns Spielberg Fans in 1993
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom isn't coming to theaters until June 2018, but this week the trailer dropped online along with a brief description of the plot. Even though 2015's Jurassic World teased a future storyline about dinosaurs being used as weapons by the army, they decided to go in a very different direction for this new one. It involves Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard returning to Isla Nublar to save the dinosaurs from a volcanic eruption. You'd think they'd welcome the chance to rid the world of these vicious creatures,
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Variety Partners With Dubai International Film Festival for Inaugural Middle East Interview Studio

Variety, in association with the Dubai International Film Festival, has announced its first interview studio in the Middle East.

The interview-only studio will be located at the Al Naseem Hotel Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. Interviews, all presented by the Dubai International Film Festival and Empire International, will take place during the film festival and will later appear on Variety’s website and social media accounts.

Some of the international actors and filmmakers likely to participate include Sonam Kapoor, Claes Bang, Haifaa Al Mansour, David Harbour, Hend Sabri, Olga Kurylenko, Patrick Stewart, Dee Rees, Kimberly Peirce, and Niki Caro.

“Variety is a brand that has been synonymous with entertainment all over the world for more than a century, and we are thrilled to be partnering with them at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival,” Shivani Pandya Diff managing director said. “The Variety Studio will be buzzing with activity throughout the festival, sharing the excitement
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Review: The Post, a Ticking Time Bomb

Steven Spielberg's best thriller since Jaws, and his most 'of the moment' movie ever, The Post is also an unexpected sort of 'coming of age' tale. Rather mysteriously beginning during the Vietnam War before jumping forward in time and location, Spielberg utilizes every tool at his disposal to manufacture the atmosphere of a thriller. The camera slowly darts through a jungle before it whizzes along city streets, into buildings and down corridors at a dizzying speed, accompanied by the sort of quickly resolving, staccato musical score that sounds not at all like the artistry of Spielberg's usual composer, John Williams, though it is. It's all rather exciting and gets the blood pumping. Then, very soon, the realization hits that it's an arresting distraction, an approximation...

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‘Get Out’: 10 Film References You May Have Missed, From ‘The Shining’ to ‘The Matrix’

‘Get Out’: 10 Film References You May Have Missed, From ‘The Shining’ to ‘The Matrix’
Get Out” has emerged as one of the biggest contenders so far this awards season, earning prizes from the Gotham Awards, the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Jordan Peele’s directorial debut may have come out all the way back in February, but it’s become the kind of classic that stays with critics and awards voters long after the credits roll.

Read More:‘Get Out’: Jordan Peele Reveals the Real Meaning Behind the Sunken Place

The film’s Blu-ray and DVD releases include Peele’s director’s commentary, which reveals some pretty specific film references many viewers probably never noticed. Peele has referred to “Get Out” numerous times as “‘The Stepford Wives’ meets ‘The Help,'” but those are only two of the movie’s many sources of inspiration.

Film School Rejects recently broke down dozens
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Second Trailer Tease For Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Bares Its Teeth

In what is perhaps Jurassic Park‘s most famous scene, two cups of water vibrate in tune with the T. Rex’s colossal footsteps. It’s textbook Spielberg, really, as the tension begins to escalate long before the grand reveal – the esteemed filmmaker adopted a similar approach to Jaws, too, given the titular shark was totally submerged for the opening 40 minutes.

And just like the thud of the oncoming Tyrannosaurus, the first teaser trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom draws near. Slated for a premiere during Thursday Night Football (December 7th) on CBS, we’ve already caught a glimpse of an erupting volcano thanks to Universal’s initial trailer tease. And today brings forth another sneak peek at Thursday’s big reveal – this time with more teeth – courtesy of director Juan Antonio Bayona.

The Orphanage filmmaker emerged from left-field to replace Colin Trevorrow in the Jurassic World hot seat – as you’ll no doubt recall,
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Exclusive Interview – James Kermack on writing and directing Hi-Lo Joe

Originally from East London, writer and director James Kermack began his career as an actor with experience spanning theatre, TV and film, before embarking on new projects as a filmmaker. Years in the making, his feature debut, the powerful romantic drama Hi-Lo Joe is finally here and tackles the difficult, seldom discussed issues of male mental health and depression.

In Hi-Lo Joe, everyone loves Joe Ridley, except Joe Ridley. He’s the life and soul of the party on the outside but, inside, a dark depression envelops him and a childhood trauma haunts him. Elly loves him but as their relationship grows, Joe’s inner turmoil slowly becomes uncontrollable, threatening his relationship. Can Joe save himself before he loses everything he loves?

With a breakout performance from new star Matthew Stathers the film co-stars Lizzie Philips, Gethin Anthony (Aquarius, Game of Thrones), Tom Bateman (Murder on the Orient Express, Snatched
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Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - in praise of a profound and moving documentary

Ryan Lambie Nov 21, 2017

A documentary about Jim Carrey's method antics on the set of Man On The Moon turns out to be a profound and moving must-see, Ryan writes...

Why bother? It's a question occasionally worth levelling at the 'Method' - an immersive, all-consuming kind of acting created by the filmmaker and actor Konstantin Stanislavski. At its best, method acting brings us searing, self-searching performances like Robert De Niro's famous turns in Taxi Driver or Raging Bull.

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On the other hand, method acting can sometimes come across as needy and attention-seeking or, perhaps worst of all, a bit of a waste of time. For David Ayer's Suicide Squad, actor Jared Leto reportedly got so embroiled in his character,
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AFI Fest Announces 2017 Winners: ‘The Insult,’ ‘Bodied,’ ‘What Will People Say,’ and More

AFI Fest Announces 2017 Winners: ‘The Insult,’ ‘Bodied,’ ‘What Will People Say,’ and More
Los Angeles’ own AFI Fest came to its end last night, thanks to a splashy — and, given the last-minute pulling of Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World,” very welcome — screening of Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game.” To cap off the annual event, the festival has now announced its winners for both Audience and Jury awards. Even better, the Grand Jury Award winners for Live-Action and Animated Short will be automatically eligible for the Academy Award shortlists in the Best Live Action Short and Best Animated Short categories.

Highlights include Ziad Doueiri’s “The Insult,” which won the Audience Award for the robust World Cinema section, which boasted a number of Oscar contenders amongst its always wide-ranging ranks. Elsewhere, Joseph Kahn’s “Bodied” pulled in an Audience Award in the American Independents section, giving the Toronto premiere its third audience award of the season, joining accolades from both Tiff and Fantastic Fest.
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The Five Worst Richard Dreyfuss Movie Roles of His Career

Richard Dreyfuss has been in the game for a long time, so you would just naturally assume that he’s got a slew of films under his belt, some good and some bad. That’s why it’s not so hard to imagine that there are a few out there he’d either like to forget or at least not talk about that often. He’s become such a great actor in his time that many people remember him for films like Mr. Holland’s Opus or Jaws or even Stakeout. The man is a certified legend even though you don’t hear about him all that

The Five Worst Richard Dreyfuss Movie Roles of His Career
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5 of the Most Thrilling Opening Sequences Ever!

There can be little doubt that the opening sequence to any movie is possibly one of the most crucial moments in a picture. It often sets the tone for what is to come, and rarely fools the audience into thinking that they are watching a feature in particular that then suddenly changes course. There are exceptions, such as in Alfred Hitchcock‘s ‘Psycho‘ (1960) where, judging by it’s opening, you would be forgiven for thinking that you were about to watch a film about a love-struck secretary turned thief who goes on the run to be with her boyfriend, only then to run into a sharp knife while taking a shower that completely alters the course of what one is experiencing.

But the likes of the above are one in a thousand. Excitement and appeal are huge factors, and it is important to reassure us that what we paid to
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The Bottom Shelf: Damnation Alley and George A. Romero: Between Night And Dawn

Nick Aldwinckle Nov 27, 2017

Our latest round-up of genre DVDs and Blu-rays covers George A Romero, Damnation Alley and more...

With real life’s ridiculous news stories almost beyond parody, it seems fitting that 2017 was the year we saw George A. Romero, the master of satirical zombie tomfoolery, responsible for horror classics from Dawn Of The Dead through to Tales From The Dark Side, shuffle off this mortal coil. To commemorate three of Romero’s less celebrated early movies, Arrow Video has released the intriguing Between Night And Dawn set on Bluray, with ample extras to sate the most eager fanboy/girl.

First up, and by far the movie most will know (perhaps due to its 2010 remake), 1973's The Crazies plays out almost like a retread of Romero's 1968 debut Night Of The Living Dead, with a group of townsfolk again subject to a dodgy violence-inducing substance whilst military jackanapes try and control the epidemic.
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Win William Friedkins Sorcerer on Blu-ray

Rediscover Sorcerer.. as William Friedkin's hidden gem from 1977 is released back into cinemas and onto Blu-ray for the first time. This tense thriller starring Roy Scheider (Jaws, The French Connection) is a brutal exploration of fate and destiny. It arrived back in theatres earlier this month and is now available of Blu-ray, and we have 3 copies up for grabs!. Contest Ends on Friday, December 1, 2017
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Richard Dreyfuss Denies Accusation That He Exposed Himself To Female Writer During Production Of 1987 TV Special

Yet another famous Hollywood actor is being accused of sexual harassment, with television writer Jessica Teich alleging that “Jaws” star Richard Dreyfuss exposed himself in front of her while they worked on an ABC comedy special back in 1987. Ironically, Teich says that she decided to come forward after seeing Dreyfuss, 70, tweet his encouragement […]
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Richard Dreyfuss Accused of Exposing Himself to a Female Writer in the 1980s

Richard Dreyfuss Accused of Exposing Himself to a Female Writer in the 1980s
Richard Dreyfuss is the latest celebrity who has been accused of sexual harassment.

On Friday, Vulture published an exposé in which Los Angeles-based writer Jessica Teich claimed the 70-year-old actor had sexually harassed her while she worked as a researcher and junior writer for one of his television shows in the ’80s.

She also claimed the Jaws actor once exposed himself to her.

Teich told Vulture that in 1987, while they were working on an ABC comedy special called Funny, You Don’t Look 200: a Constitutional Vaudeville, Dreyfuss asked her to meet him in his trailer, where she claims he exposed himself to her.
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Richard Dreyfuss Accused of Sexual Harassment and Exposing Himself to L.A. Writer Jessica Teich

Richard Dreyfuss Accused of Sexual Harassment and Exposing Himself to L.A. Writer Jessica Teich
Richard Dreyfuss, best known for performances in “Jaws” and “Close in Encounters of the Third Kind,” has been accused of sexual harassment by Los Angeles-based writer Jessica Teich. The writer revealed in an interview with Vulture that Dreyfuss exposed himself to her in his trailer during a period of time when the two were working on the 1987 ABC comedy special “Funny, You Don’t Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville.” Dreyfuss was producing, co-writing, and hosting the event.

Teich came forward with her story about Dreyfuss after the actor tweeted in support of his son, Harry Dreyfuss, who told Buzzfeed that he was groped by Kevin Spacey when he was 18 years old. Richard Dreyfuss said he had never been more proud of his son for coming forward, to which Teich told Vulture: “When I read about his support for his son, which I would never question, I remember thinking, ‘But wait a minute,
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From ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Game of Thrones,’ Film and TV Music in a Live Setting Is Thriving

From ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Game of Thrones,’ Film and TV Music in a Live Setting Is Thriving
Just a few years ago, “film music in concert” translated to short suites by big-name movie composers (Henry Mancini, John Williams) performed at summer pops concerts. Today, established American orchestras that once didn’t look at the merging of screen and music seriously, take heed of live-to-picture performances as very big business, with concert halls packing in audiences around the world.

That’s something of a surprise, considering how most classical musicians had traditionally looked down their collective noses at movie music. “Film music was a pejorative, and that was the end of it,” David Newman says. Now they see the attendance figures, and attitudes have changed considerably.

Indeed, just a month ago, the New York Philharmonic completed a three-week, four-film “Star Wars” series with Newman conducting John Williams’ scores for the original trilogy plus “The Force Awakens” to sold-out crowds at New York’s David Geffen Hall. “The orchestra absolutely killed it,” says Newman.
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Kevin Spacey faces further sexual misconduct claims by Jennie Kermode - 2017-11-06 13:16:11

The Old Vic Theatre in London, where Kevin Spacey was artistic director between 2005 and 2015 Photo: Fin Fahey

Actor Harry Dreyfuss, son of Jaws star Richard Dreyfuss, has told Buzzfeed that Kevin Spacey groped him in London in 2008, when he was 18. The allegation is one of several similar claims to emerge over the course of the past week.

According to Dreyfuss, he was in Spacey's apartment where his father was rehearsing lines for a play Spacey was producing at the Old Vic Theatre. He alleges that Spacey, whom he thought of as a friend and possible mentor, repeatedly put his hand on his thigh despite his attempts to move away, then groped his crotch. He says that he didn't speak up at the time because he didn't want his father to lose his job, didn't want a fight to start, and was afraid of what upsetting Spacey might mean for his own career in acting.
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Kevin Spacey Accused of Groping Actor Harry Dreyfuss at Age 18

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Kevin Spacey Accused of Groping Actor Harry Dreyfuss at Age 18
Harry Dreyfuss, the actor son of “Jaws” star Richard Dreyfuss, has said that he was groped by Kevin Spacey nearly a decade ago when he was an 18-year-old high school senior. “He has no respect for consent,” Harry Dreyfuss wrote in a personal essay published Saturday on BuzzFeed News, saying the incident happened in 2008 when he joined his father at Spacey’s London apartment to help rehearse for a play called “Complicit” at the Old Vic Theatre that Spacey was directing. While reading lines, Harry Dreyfuss said, Spacey put his hand on the younger Dreyfuss’ thigh — and repeated the action.
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Richard Dreyfuss’ Son Harry Claims He Was ‘Groped’ by Kevin Spacey as a Teen

Richard Dreyfuss’ Son Harry Claims He Was ‘Groped’ by Kevin Spacey as a Teen
Harry Dreyfuss, son of Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, claims he was once groped by Kevin Spacey — while his father was in the room.

In a personal essay for BuzzFeed News, Harry said he was 18 when he accompanied his father to Spacey’s London apartment in 2008 to rehearse lines for the play Complicit, which Spacey was directing.

The trio were reading the script when the House of Cards actor put his hand on Harry’s thigh, he claimed.

“Finally (finally, finally) I became suspicious,” Harry wrote. “It took that long because it just never occurred to me that Kevin would be
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