E.t. The Extra-terrestrial

Steven Spielberg’s enormously successful SF tearjerker (1982) remains a veritable manifesto about what it feels like to be ten years old, male, suburban, lonely, and captive to the Spielberg spell. Does that include everybody? No, but the movie’s unusual achievement is to make it seem that way. With Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote, Robert McNaughton, and Drew Barrymore; screenplay by Melissa Mathison. PG, 120 min.

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