This July, The Loft celebrates the King of Summer Blockbusters, Steven Spielberg, with special screenings of eight of his biggest and most iconic films that forever changed the way we experience movies during the hottest months of the year. View the Spielberg Summer series schedule.
“ET The Extra-Terrestrial is a reminder of what movies are for … a movie like The Wizard of Oz, one that you can grow up with and grow old with, and it won't let you down.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi mega-hit is that rare film which managed to strike a powerful emotional chord in all audience of all ages, a simple tale of a lost alien and a fatherless boy that has become a cultural touchstone for generations of viewers. It also cemented Spielberg’s reputation as one of the world’s foremost commercial filmmakers with classical leanings, a director possessed of the uncanny knack for telling intimate stories on a grand scale. When lonely 10 year-old Elliot (Henry Thomas) discovers a friendly extraterrestrial hiding out in his family’s backyard shed, he and his siblings – older brother Michael (Robert McNaughton) and little sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore) – try to keep the little guy’s existence a secret from their single mother (Dee Wallace Stone), and then later, the nasty government agents who are looking to turn ET into a science experiment. And when it becomes clear that ET is looking for a way to “phone home” and return to his native planet, the kids must somehow reunite their new pal with his extraterrestrial kinfolk, even if it means they might never see him again. Be warned: ET The Extra-Terrestrial is a movie that can easily transform even the most hardened cynic into a blubbering baby. (Dir. by Steven Spielberg, 1982, USA, 115 min., Rated PG) Digital