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GREAT FILM

By Jon LOVES LIZ
Written June 03, 2015
I went to see this and it brought back so many memories. I can't beleive it's been 30 years. I laughed and cried at all the right moments the ending is so touching.
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special TCM presentation 30th anniversary screening of E.T.

By b_molloyFanFair
Written August 03, 2015
This movie is dear to our hearts and my daughter (avid film fan) considers its soundtrack her favorite of composer, John Williams' historic collaboration w Steven Spielberg. So we bought tix for this event right away - also eager to see intro by Ben Mankiewicz with Drew Barrymore, for some history & behind the scenes anecdotes. Viewing this on the big screen was WONDERFUL. That scale reveals detailed expressions and amazing range of the young actors. The perspective & editing immediately pull audience into the action - from surreal atmosphere to natural interplay between children. These elements and "E.T"'s compelling character are beautifully served by the symphonic score -- building until it soars (along w Eliot and E.T.), echoing the characters' angst, and resolving as celestial tones key the transcendent theme. {Initially disappointed when VENUE failed to project TCM's Intro until its final 3 min. Tho magic of E.T. needs no introduction, I'd like to see the piece separately
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A piece of my childhood, revisited

By xerxesthegreat
Written March 05, 2015
I remembered watching this movie as a child and being totally enraptured by the misty California nights and Elliot's unique experience with a lost and lonely alien. This movie is imaginative and absorbing even today. In this world of slick computer generated images it is nice to see how shockingly realistic animatronics appear. And I have to admit, this movie still makes me cry. Spielberg has an incredible ability to weave a spell in which the audience feels like they're present in the world he has created on the screen, connected to the characters they're watching. There are few movies made today that engage me in this manner; most of them I won't even remember after a few weeks. But E.T. is an enduring classic because it makes viewers care. This is a special gift that no one should pass up. I highly recommend this movie to children young and old. And if you have a chance to see it on the big screen, do not hesitate to do so!
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An all time favorite!

By movie_lover2429
Written August 01, 2015
It was so cool seeing this movie on the big screen!! It was my first time since I was to little to see it the first time in theaters. It was nice to be able to get the info about the movie. It was just like I remembered when I was little. I made sure to get my popcorn & Reece's Pieces(of course). lol. It's a classic movie that any kid should see. Funny & can also make you cry. The story just sucks you in & you will fall in love with it.
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E.T.

By yensidsandy
Written November 27, 2014
This is and will always be a wonderful film for the whole family. This was hosted, with their usual panache, by TCM, which always gives the film a little more Hollywood flair. Unfortunately, there seemed to have been relatively no publicity for the event, other than on TCM itself. Many patrons with children, with whom I spoke, said had they known, they would have gone to see E.T. instead of their more violent choice. The sad fact is not many viewers have higher tiers of cable, where Turner can be found. I would like to see more of "where are they now?" Drew Barrymore, of course, we know, but the other "children", who were so naturally believable---what became of them ? And the quizzes are great fun too ! You need to bring more events to the Boston area with higher profile advertising. Thanks for asking, Sandy
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