When it comes to naming the most popular directors working today, Steven Spielberg
is bound to come up. Ever since he pioneered the summer blockbuster with 1975’s Jaws
, Spielberg has been one of the most renowned filmmakers in the world. His stories are usually characterized by their treacly sentimentality, tugging on the audience’s heartstrings with a healthy dose of schmaltz.
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For the most part, Spielberg’s movies are the unmitigated festivals of sugary sweetness that his most cynical detractors claim they are. But across his decades-long career, Spielberg has directed all kinds of movies, and some of them have been surprisingly dark.