Binge Watch: Spielberg in the 2010s

The latest from Steven Spielberg, a new take on West Side Story, opens on Friday. Spielberg is one of the most prolific directors with a career of hits spanning five decades. His most recent work has offered some interesting films that have a little less renowned. For this week’s Binge Watch I’m taking a look at six Spielberg films from the 2010s for those that want to dive deeper into the director’s catalog! Films appear in chronological order.

War Horse (2011)
About:
This one was a Best Picture nominee but is probably one of his least talked about entries. It is based on a stage play and set in World War I, tracing a beloved horse sold to the army and the boy who is committed to finding him. It’s not incredible but I thought it was an interesting film.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Lincoln (2012)
About:
Another Best Picture nominee for Spielberg, this one focuses on President Abraham Lincoln. Daniel Day Lewis does a great job in the lead role, winning the Academy Award for his performance, and this was one of the more interesting films the year it was released. I appreciated the craft even if it isn’t my favorite of Spielberg’s films.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Bridge of Spies (2015)
About:
Another Spielberg film that earned Academy Award recognition. The film was among the Best Picture nominees but in a surprise the award it won was Best Supporting Actor for Mark Rylance. Some didn’t care for this spy tale, but I enjoyed it for what it was. I don’t think it was among the best of 2015 for me but it’s a solid film with a decent lead performance from Tom Hanks.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The BFG (2016)
About:
This reunites Spielberg with Rylance, plying their skills to a very different kind of story. This one is a kid’s tale from author Roald Dahl about a friendly giant, played by Rylance. This had some lofty expectations but it didn’t totally work for me. Of all the films on this list, this is the one I liked the least.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

The Post (2017)
About:
Spielberg and the Academy Awards feel like they go hand-in-hand sometimes. This was a Best Picture winner with an exceptional cast including Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. I thought this was an engaging story focusing on the Washington Post and its fight to shine a light on the truth. It didn’t win any Oscars but it was one of the better films in the field.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Ready Player One (2018)
About
: Another highly anticipated film based on a book, this one the novel from Ernest Cline. I thought Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke were great in the lead roles and I enjoyed the special effects and all the fun easter eggs embedded in this production. While not an award contender, this certainly filled the pop culture and nostalgia void.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.

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