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THE FABELMANS 2022 (Streaming is available for $20 rental on either Prime Video or Apple TV) The Fabelmans is Steven Spielberg’s 33rd feature flm. It is a coming-of-age nostalgic look his childhood. A master film maker doesn’t happen by accident. It takes time to develop. Spielberg is a perfect combination of his parents. Like his mother, he is sensitive and loves art. But he has the technical mind of his father, allowing him to frame shots: fake gun shots and explosions, as he moves into his teenage years. At the heart of the film is Michelle Williams brilliantly playing Spielberg’s mother who gave her son a movie camera and encouraged his artistry. Some critics see this film a sure-fire ticket to her fifth career Oscar nomination. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Gabriel LaBelle, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, and Judd Hirsch in supporting roles. It received 91% from 256 critics on the Tomatometer and 82% Audience Score. The Fabelmans had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2022, where it won the People's Choice Award. If you see this movie, don’t expect anything like Jaws, Jurassic Park, or Schindler’s List. It is far more low key and introspective. As Ty Burr, film critic and humorist wrote, “this is a portrait of the artist as a young mensch.” Barbara and I loved the film, but like most critics we are in awe of Spielberg’s work. GRADE B+/A-

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