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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

You would think the question posed in the title of this piece would be easy to answer. The truth is, there’s a lot to love about Steven Spielberg‘s overshadowed, underrated 1977 science fiction picture. Bookmarked between the years when &#8…

It’s been the worst box office summer in decades in 2017, and appropriately enough, it ends with a whimper. With no new major wide releases hitting cinemas, this was the worst Labor Day weekend at the movies in seventeen years, which led to some strange outcomes. “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” stayed at the top of the box office with a surprising 0.1% drop in attendance since last weekend, earning $10.2 million. Continue reading ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Leads Quiet Labor Day Weekend [Box Office] at The Playlist.

It was kind of crazy to see how opinion wheeled around on Steven Spielberg‘s “Ready Player One” this weekend. The first trailer made nerds all aglow at San Diego Comic Con, but now everyone seems to think the movie is indulging in the worst kind of nostalgia. Or something. That movie is still a long way off who knows what the whims of the internet will decide by then, but hopefully we can all agree that “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” is a masterpiece. Continue reading Re-Release Trailer For ‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind’ Brings Back Steven Spielberg’s Visionary Film at The Playlist.

Pretty much everything Steven Spielberg has made since “Jaws” is an event movie in one way or another, either as big screen blockbuster, or a shiny piece of Oscar season bait. This year, “The Papers” with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks falls into the latter category, but if you want some vintage big screen Spielberg thrills, you’ll be covered there as well. Continue reading Teaser For ‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind’ Theatrical Re-Release Means Something at The Playlist.

If there was ever a time where sci-fi was seen as something only for geeks, that time has long gone. You could debate the exact point at which it changed — when Stanley Kubrick’s “2001” had audiences dropping acid for a better trip, when the blockbuster success of “Star Wars” changed film forever, when comic book movies dominated screens, when CGI made it possible to do almost anything, when even nerdy old “Star Trek” got a sleek, hip makeover — but there’s no doubt that the genre is firmly within the mainstream. Continue reading The 100 Best Sci-Fi Films Of All Time at The Playlist.

With this year’s election just 25 days away, we’re reminded that President Barack Obama only has a few more months left in office. Regardless of how you feel about his politics, I think we can all agree that President Obama is one of the nerdiest Commanders in Chief that we’ve had, and that’s been rather […] The post President Barack Obama Names His Essential Sci-Fi Movies & TV Shows appeared first on /Film.

Horror generally doesn’t get the respect it deserves at the Academy Awards, which makes it all the more remarkable that the U.K. selected Babak Anvari‘s “Under The Shadow” as its entry for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards this year. This speaks not only to the film’s quality, but also how deeply its themes resonate, ringing out far beyond its expected genre borders. Starring Narges Rashidi, Bobby Naderi, Avin Manshadi, Ray Haratian, Hamidreza Djavdan, and Soussan Farrokhnia, “Under The Shadow” tells a tightly-wound, increasingly nerve-jangling story that revolves around heroine Shideh and her family living in Tehran during the escalating tensions of the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s. Continue reading The Movies That Changed My Life: ‘Under The Shadow’ Director Babak Anvari at The Playlist.

With each new revelation this election cycle is bringing, you probably couldn’t blame President Barack Obama for wanting to ride out his remaining days in the White House watching movies, and letting everyone else sort out the current political nightmare. And while his schedule is no doubt busy until the New Year, when he’ll finally have to get his boxes packed and move, he’s taken some time to sit down to create an essential list of sci-fi viewing. Continue reading President Barack Obama Nerds Out, List His Must-Watch Sci-Fi Movies & TV Shows at The Playlist.

The 68-year-old discusses his iconic 1970s films, his descent into darkness in the 1980s (“I spent those years being a low-down dirty dog and drugging myself into oblivion”) and why he un-retired to play a “sociopathic son-of-a-bitch” in an ABC miniser…