REVIEW: Ready Player One

Image: Warner Bros.

Chris Luckett

It’s a Spielberg movie.

Truly, that should be enough. If any living filmmaker has earned the assumption that every movie of theirs will be, at the very worst, worth seeing — and at the very best, a masterpiece like E.T. or Raiders of the Lost Ark — it’s Sir Stevie. And sure enough, Ready Player One is, at the very least, worth seeing. More than that, it’s the most fun movie of 2018 so far.

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CORE STORY: Shia LaBeouf calls Steven Spielberg “less a director than a f—ing company”

Photo: Associated Press

Photo: Associated Press

Chris Luckett

Before consciously veering off the mainstream career path he was comfortably cruising along, Shia LaBeouf had a great track record with Steven Spielberg.

Spielberg helped shepherd LaBeouf into his period of greatest public success, on Disturbia, Eagle Eye, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and the first three Transformers movies.

In a new interview with Variety, LaBeouf called out Spielberg as being a root of his disillusionment with Hollywood, not holding back his disdain for the celebrated director.

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REVIEW: The BFG

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Chris Luckett

Steven Spielberg may be most well known for action, aliens, and war stories, but when he directs his talents toward family-friendly stories, he’s capable of conjuring real magic.

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial is one of the greatest works in family cinema, ultimately getting nine Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. Hook may not be as narratively tidy, but the visual realm Spielberg brought to life remains unforgettable. His latest, The BFG, is another such magically marvellous adventure. Continue reading

Poltergeist to Poltergeist: Which to Watch?

Photo: MGM/United Artists

Photo: MGM/United Artists

Chris Luckett

There are four major releases coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week, and despite the fact that one of them is the highest-grossing movie of 2015 not featuring dinosaurs, the most talked-about movie seems to be Poltergeist, the remake of the classic 1982 horror film about a suburban house built on a cemetery.

While social media is by no means an accurate barometer all the time, I’ve been finding most people who’ve seen the original are curious about the remake, and most who’ve seen the remake haven’t seen the original. The former is understandable, as remakes are a dime a dozen these days. The latter is disappointing, because the original film deserves to be seen before, if not instead of, the limp 2015 re-tread.

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