Jurassic Park (PG)

Starring: Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum
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The Independent Culture

Steven Spielberg's 1993 creature feature was for a while the biggest grossing film of all time.

It was also made back-to-back with Schindler's List which, as David Thomson has remarked, indicates an almost "inhuman" facility for moviemaking. Nazis and dinosaurs, both predators: take your pick. The scientist trio lost in the clone park – Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum – are likeable but flimsy, and Neill's supposed thawing as a child-disdainer is ridiculous. But the set-pieces, and the monsters themselves, are out of this world. No director is better at pressing an audience's buttons in the cause of awe and dread.