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Wim Wenders's "Pina"

27 December 2011 3:15 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Wim Wenders's Pina opened in three theaters in New York over the weekend and, according to TheWrap, it's doing quite well so far. We already have two entries (post-Berlinale and Nyff), so this'll simply be a quick holiday roundup.

Pina, of course, is "a tribute to Pina Bausch, the German dancer and choreographer who died in 2009," explains Ao Scott in the New York Times. "Her work has appeared on film before; Pedro Almodóvar's Talk to Her uses the dance Café Müller as an emotional touchstone. That piece, an obstacle course of wooden chairs and wild emotions set to music by Henry Purcell, figures prominently in Pina, encapsulating both Bausch's aesthetic and Mr Wenders's desire to replicate on screen the depths and distances of the staging…. The cumulative effect is exhilarating and also a bit frustrating, since so many dances are included and woven together the audience does not »

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Producer Kathleen Kennedy Talks War Horse, Jurassic Park 4, the Tintin Sequel, Lincoln, Robopocalypse, and a Lot More

24 December 2011 11:12 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Opening on Christmas Day is director Steven Spielberg‘s fantastic new movie, War Horse.  Based on the Award winning play (which is based on Michael Morpurgo’s book) and set during World War I, War Horse tells the story of “the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert (Jeremy Irvine), who tames and trains him.”  And don’t just take my word for it, early screenings have been very positive and the drama is heading into Oscar season with very positive buzz, especially after the National Board of review named War Horse one of the best 10 films of the year.  The film also stars Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Toby Kebbell.  You can watch the trailer here and here’s seven clips. To help promote the film, DreamWorks recently held a press junket in New York »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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‘War Horse’ Review

23 December 2011 4:15 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Screen Rant’s Ben Kendrick reviews War Horse

Only days after releasing the kid-friendly film, The Adventures of TinTin, Steven Spielberg returns with a heavier (and very much Not kid-friendly) dramatic offering, War Horse - a World War I drama based on a children’s book by Michael Morpurgo (which also inspired a stage play from Nick Stafford).

While many film fans tend to most fondly remember Spielberg’s lighthearted sci-fi and action-adventure titles (such as E.T. and the Indiana Jones series), many of the Oscar-winner’s most celebrated works have been hard-hitting period dramas. Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List were recognized by the Academy as well as other awards organizations and, despite violent historical narratives, also drew tremendous numbers at the box office. Has Spielberg managed to once again blend evocative and entertaining period drama in War Horse? Or is the ...

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- Ben Kendrick

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Steven Spielberg's "War Horse"

23 December 2011 9:14 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Steven Spielberg's War Horse, a deliberate throwback to a long-dormant style of unabashedly sentimental Hollywood filmmaking, is so completely what you would expect it to be that it comes back around and transcends its own clichés," suggests Slate's Dana Stevens. "In this 146-minute Wwi epic, there are plucky tenant farmers and sneering, oppressive landlords. There are idealistic youths whose character is tested by the crucible of war. There is, my right hand to God, a comic-relief goose. Above all, there are horses, those animals whose kinetic grace seems intimately bound up with the history of cinema, from Eadweard Muybridge's racehorse photographs to John Ford's equine-crisscrossed landscapes. If you don't thrill to the site of a horse galloping across a green meadow with a beautiful young rider on its back — if you believe (wrongly) that National Velvet is just a sappy kids' movie — then you may not be susceptible »

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Movies Galore! Spielberg Talks 'Tintin,' 'Jurassic Park' and 'Indiana Jones 5'

23 December 2011 9:14 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Steven Spielberg is directing his first animated film, "The Adventures of Tintin," and tells "Extra," "'Tintin' was something I wanted to make for 28 years."

Spielberg explained that the movie was put on hold due to another exciting project. "I was right in the middle of making 'Tintin' when 'War Horse' came along, which became an overnight passion for me."

The famed director revealed three interesting facts about himself, starting with some Hollywood rejection. "A lot »

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We Bought A Zoo – The Review

23 December 2011 8:50 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

This movie year we film fans are getting to see new works from directors who might not be referred to as prolific. They’re not giving us a new movie every year like Woody Allen ( who’s had a great 2011 with Midnight In Paris ). One is Terence Malick, who gave us The Tree Of Life a few months ago. Another is Cameron Crowe. It’s been six years since Mr. Crowe took us on a cinema trip to Elizabethtown. Well, he’s back at the multiplex, but like Martin Scorsese with Hugo, he’s tackling what might be pegged as a family film, the based-on-a-true-story We Bought A Zoo.

The film’s focus is hotshot newspaper reporter Benjamin Mee ( Matt Damon ), whose life is at a turning point. Recently widowed, he’s doing his best to raise his two children on his own. Rosie’s ( Mary Elizabeth Jones )  a sweet little sprite still missing Mommy, »

- Jim Batts

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The Essential Spielberg: An Age-By-Age Guide to Introducing Kids to His Movies

23 December 2011 6:50 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News, Family Film Guide, Holiday Movies

This holiday season offers a rare double feature of Steven Spielberg films: the swashbuckling big-screen adaptation of 'The Adventures of Tintin' and the intensely poignant drama 'War Horse.' But neither movie may be appropriate for your whole family -- both movies are for older tweens and up, or in the case of 'War Horse' perhaps even teens. Of course, that doesn't mean kids aren't ready to see the master director's work. Moviefone is here to help you decide when -- and how -- to introduce the youngins to the inimitably impressive filmography of the man responsible for such classics as 'E.T.,' 'Jaws,' and 'Indiana Jones.' Here are 11 Spielberg flicks and when to see them.

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- Sandie Angulo Chen

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Film Review: Steven Spielberg Casts a Golden Light Upon ‘War Horse’

23 December 2011 5:53 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Opening on Christmas Day is a film about a boy, his horse and war, brought to the screen by America’s most popular living director. “War Horse” is the most critic proof film ever realized. Kidding. This equine epic is Steven Spielberg’s latest, taking advantage of precise filmmaking, emotion and cinematography to deliver a decent holiday package.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

War Horse” relies on the tugging of the heart strings, which depending on your mood will either bring out the handkerchiefs or get a nice cynical round of jokes going. But the film’s emotional state is in the right place, looking to bridge the gap between the factions in World War One, and hoping like Spielberg’s previous hero “E.T.” to bring War Horse home where he belongs. If that’s not the Holiday Spirit, then we all deserve to be visited by the three ghosts.

The film begins with a horse auction, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Jaws’ Will Hit Blu-ray in August 2012

22 December 2011 4:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Steven Spielberg's classic Jaws will finally be released in high definition Blu-ray on August 14th 2012. The Digital Bits [2] have confirmed the release date, but we don't know much more. Spielberg earlier told AintItCool that he would not introduce any changes to the film like he did E.T. You can also expect to see some of the Jaws sequels on Blu-ray on the same day, including Jaws 3D on Blu-ray 3D. Lets just hope that Universal Home Video doesn't pull a Jurassic Park and make us buy the entire Jaws movie collection to get the classic first film. I'm sure we'll begin to learn details in the coming months. I would expect them to include the great documentary from the Lasediscs and some newer retrospective materials. Don't expect a Spielberg audio commentary (he doesn't do them). I wouldn't be surprised to see a gift set (complete with a Bruce the »

- Peter Sciretta

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War Horse Review

22 December 2011 4:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

If ever a film was openly seeking Oscar recognition, it’s Steven Spielberg’s latest solemn contender, War Horse, coming hot off the heels of his recent fun family adventure, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

No stranger to evoking emotions when he so desires in his dramatic cinematic offerings that include Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan and E.T., the visionary filmmaker puts his money on a guaranteed winner in the Awards race – Joey the horse: It’s a shame there are no animal Oscars up for grabs.

Set around the time of the Great War, a young Devonshire farm boy called Albert (Jeremy Irvine) forms a deep bond with a spirited horse called Joey, and with some training and a lot of trust, tries to save his struggling parents, the Narracotts (played by Peter Mullan and Emily Watson), from financial ruin at the hands of »

- Lisa Giles-Keddie

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'Jaws'. Blu-ray. August 2012.

21 December 2011 9:04 PM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Easily the most important news of 2011 is The Digital Bits landing early word that Universal Home Entertainment is slotting Steven Spielberg's Jaws for a Blu-ray release on August 14, 2012. Spielberg told AICN earlier this year that the release (thankfully) won't be amended (like he did with E.T.) in any way leaving in all wires and other visible bruises. They've also been told that at least some of the sequels may be released on Blu-ray on the same day, including Jaws 3D on Blu-ray 3D. In other brief HD news, they also report that Universal is working on plans to release a Blu-ray box set of the classic Universal Monsters films in time for Halloween 2012! Awesome. »

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War Horse Movie Review

21 December 2011 1:51 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: War Horse Directed By: Steven Spielberg Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Emily Watson, Niels Arestrup, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Celine Buckens, Toby Kebbell, David Kross, Matt Milne, Robert Emms, Eddie Marsan There’s a reason why Steven Spielberg is so successful; he knows how to make a movie for everyone. Jaws, E.T., Jurassic Park, Catch Me If You Can and more. Sure, not all of them can be considered pristine filmmaking, but still, generally all of his films are incredibly enjoyable and not only does War Horse follow suit in terms of entertainment and emotional value, but quality-wise, it’s certainly on the top tier. After his pride gets »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Critic's Notebook: Putting Steven Spielberg On Trial

21 December 2011 10:09 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The dream is always the same. The movie gods of the modern blockbuster, presided over by the likes of Optimus Prime, E.T. and a very hungry great white shark, stare down at the genial man before them. The scene is a grand multiplex transformed into a courthouse for the cinematic trial of the century. The defendant is no obvious criminal, but rather an affable, good-natured filmmaker with a much larger legacy than his appearance suggests. His name is Steven Spielberg. The allegation is simple: Did this man destroy the movies? This isn’t exclusively my dream, of course, but rather an (admittedly absurd) vision of the collective experience endured by countless moviegoers as they've evolved from blind devotees of Spielberg’s escapist marvels to self-serious movie buffs, eager to reject anything commercial -- especially the epitome of commercial expression that Spielberg’s career has come to define during Hollywood’s last four decades. »

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War Horse Review: A Classically Old-School, Sprawling Epic

21 December 2011 6:41 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

British filmmaker Alex Cox once said of Steven Spielberg, “[he] isn’t a filmmaker, he’s a confectioner”, referring to his heavily sentimental approach to the majority of his best-known – and best-loved – works. The legendary director’s detractors seem to view his emotive method as ineffectual, even disingenuous, and in just a few instances – chiefly Hook and A.I. – they might be right. However, the grand emotional power of the director’s most heralded works such as E.T., Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, is difficult to fight against, unapologetically grandiose and unerringly confident. Spielberg’s latest, his much-anticipated adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel War Horse (which was then adapted into a more famous play in 2007), is straddled somewhere between his best and his worst; a perfectly respectable weepie which nevertheless tries a little too hard to earn your tears throughout.

War Horse’s human protagonist is »

- Shaun Munro

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War Horse Review (Three and a Half stars). Beautiful moviemaking lacks heart in Steven Spielberg’s epic drama War Horse

21 December 2011 5:24 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Review of War Horse. Despite beautiful sights and sounds, the heart is missing from Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg replaces the pulleys, ropes and levers responsible for bringing to life the incredible life-size puppets at the heart of War Horse, the stage play, with soaring camerawork over England’s Devon countryside, an elaborate recreation of the World War I trenches known as No Man’s Land and pinpoint details of the period characters and backdrops in his sprawling movie adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s popular children’s book. Spielberg matches the epic scale of the play, which originated at London’s National Theatre and went on to win five Tony Awards on Broadway, but he fails to recreate its emotional intimacy and soulfulness. Overflowing with beautiful sights and rousing sounds, War Horse is moviemaking as intricate assembly, elaborate engineering and cold mathematics. It’s technique more than »

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War Horse Review (Three and a Half stars). Beautiful moviemaking lacks heart in Steven Spielberg’s epic drama War Horse

21 December 2011 5:24 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Review of War Horse. Despite beautiful sights and sounds, the heart is missing from Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg replaces the pulleys, ropes and levers responsible for bringing to life the incredible life-size puppets at the heart of War Horse, the stage play, with soaring camerawork over England’s Devon countryside, an elaborate recreation of the World War I trenches known as No Man’s Land and pinpoint details of the period characters and backdrops in his sprawling movie adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s popular children’s book. Spielberg matches the epic scale of the play, which originated at London’s National Theatre and went on to win five Tony Awards on Broadway, but he fails to recreate its emotional intimacy and soulfulness. Overflowing with beautiful sights and rousing sounds, War Horse is moviemaking as intricate assembly, elaborate engineering and cold mathematics. It’s technique more than »

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Top 10 films of 2011: Super 8

20 December 2011 10:49 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

What started off as a secret trailer before Iron Man 2 turned into one of 2011's best blockbusters. Caroline salutes Super 8...

 

Over the past few weeks, Den Of Geek writers have been voting for the films of the year. It's a democratic vote, which inevitably means that things end up in a slightly funny order that not one individual writer is likely to fully agree with. But it's still a fine list. Here's the latest entry...

8th place:

Super 8

One of the things 2011 might be remembered for is its move towards the nostalgic, with remake news breaking on an almost daily basis and a penchant for harking back to past film trends, even during the summer blockbuster season.

Super 8 certainly did the latter, as Jj Abrams paid tribute to the kind of science-fiction Spielberg made his own in the '70s and '80s, and it managed »

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Rutger Hauer Added to Mad Monster Party for 30th Anniversary of Blade Runner

20 December 2011 10:23 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

As 2011 winds down, it's time to start planning your horror convention calendar for 2012, and we've got a great one for you to start with. The Mad Monster Party will be held on March 23-25 in Charlotte, North Carolina. A huge list of celebrities is scheduled to attend, and in the most recent announcement festival organizers report that Rutger Hauer will be on hand to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Blade Runner!

Hauer will be participating in a Blade Runner panel as well as a Q&A and will be available for signings. Along with Hauer there are over dozens of additional horrific celebrities scheduled to attend.

Check out the promo video below featuring many of the attendees, and visit the official Mad Monster Party website and the Mad Monster Party Facebook page.

From the Press Release

Join the Mad Monster Party horror convention and meet Rutger Hauer, star of Blade Runner, »

- Doctor Gash

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War Horse

19 December 2011 2:23 PM, PST | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Only a true visionary like Steven Spielberg could take a simple story about a horse and transform it into a grandiose work of cinema. Though not the acclaimed filmmaker’s greatest feat, War Horse is a poignant picture wrapped warmly in humanity. The film, despite an entirely different setting, also evokes prior Spielbergian gems such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. with its redemptive inferences. »

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The Good, The Bad, and the Bogus: Steven Spielberg Movies

19 December 2011 11:35 AM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has not one but two films out this holiday season, the live action World War I epic War Horse and the motion capture fantasy The Adventures of Tintin. While it remains to be seen whether either film is among his best, there's no doubt that the director's previous effort, 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, left a bad taste in a lot of viewers' mouths and was not one of his better efforts. As great as Spielberg is -- and he's had more than his share of superb films -- he's just like every other artist who has their ups and downs. Along with great entries like Munich or E.T., his resume is dotted with both moderately entertaining clunkers and films that are just a chore to sit through. With more...

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- Don Kaye

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