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READY PLAYER ONE: a skeptic’s approach

Deconstructing the myth
Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn
Directed by Steven Spielberg

Such is Spielberg’s draw that even film lovers with little interest in dystopia or sci-fi hesitate only a couple of days before dutifully making their way to the nearest movie theater. So, does it deserve the praise? Not really. Special CGI-enhanced effects, spectacular as they are, pall after a while and become repetitive although to the end there are lovely surprising images such as the disco ... more >

Cloverfield

Something has found us
Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas and T.J. Miller
Directed by Matt Reeves

Cloverfield ought to come with a warning label: leave off the extra butter on your pop-corn, for it might be too much to handle for your stomach. The entire film is shot by a handheld camera belonging to one of the friends attending a going away party for one of their best mates. And Hud (T.J. Miller) is no P.T. Anderson. In fact, the jittery shots seem almost purposeful, as if they were ... more >