A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001): The Mommy Returns – Review by J. Hoberman

2019-03-04T10:19:48+00:00February 22nd, 2019|CINEMA|

Fairy tales can come true. Spielberg the historian is in remission; Steven the regressive has returned, with a vengeance. An occasionally spectacular, fascinatingly schizoid, frequently ridiculous, and never less than heartfelt mishmash of Pinocchio and Oedipus, Stanley Kubrick and Creation of the Humanoids, Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence is less a movie than a seething psychological bonanza.

Movie Trial: A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

2019-04-01T16:31:43+01:00August 14th, 2018|CINEMA|

The movies that split people down the middle, put in the Empire dock... Simon Ingram (Prosecution) and Kat Brown (Defence) on Steven Speilberg's "A. I.: Artificial Intelligence"

INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM – Review by Pauline Kael

2018-07-09T11:50:11+01:00July 9th, 2018|CINEMA|

by Pauline Kael The great thing about a tall tale on the screen is that you can be shown the preposterous and the implausible. In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the director Steven Spielberg is like a magician whose tricks are so daring they make you laugh. He [...]

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND: THE GREENING OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM – Review by Pauline Kael

2018-01-21T11:50:05+00:00January 21st, 2018|CINEMA|

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is the most innocent of all technological-marvel movies, and one of the most satisfying. This film has retained some of the wonder and bafflement we feel when we first go into a plan­etarium: we ooh and aah at the vastness, and at the beauty of the mystery. The film doesn’t overawe us, though, because it has a child’s playfulness and love of surprises.

THE COLOR PURPLE (1985) – Review by Pauline Kael

2018-01-05T20:11:41+00:00January 5th, 2018|Uncategorised|

If you're among the millions of people who have read the book, you probably expect the actors to be more important than they turn out to be. The movie is amorphous; it’s a pastoral about the triumph of the human spirit, and it blurs on you.

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: WHIPPED – Review by Pauline Kael

2020-04-27T08:26:32+01:00May 8th, 2017|CINEMA|

by Pauline Kael The marketing executives are the new high priests of the movie business. It's natural. They’re handling important sums of money. And they dispense the money dramatically, in big campaigns that flood out over the country. It’s not unusual for more to be spent on marketing a picture [...]