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review: Von Sternberg Dazzles On DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 24, 2010 4:00 AM
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I am extremely happy because one of my all-time favorite films—The Last Command—has finally come to DVD, as part of a glorious boxed set from Criterion called 3 Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg.

maltin on movies: Animal Kingdom

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 20, 2010 7:25 AM
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Animal Kingdom | Leonard Maltin | Maltin on Movies | Movie Trailers This gritty crime drama from Australia is a late-summer sleeper.

film review: The Switch

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 20, 2010 4:00 AM
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The Switch is the kind of movie that gives romantic comedies a bad name. I won’t dwell on the welcome-to-the-21st century premise, in which a guy substitutes his sperm for that of an official donor as his so-called best friend is about to be inseminated. Nor will I comment on whether or not I ever want to hear the words “sperm” and “romantic comedy” in the same sentence again. I like Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman and don’t like to see them wasting their time in a mediocrity like—

Untold Disney Stories—And More

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 18, 2010 4:00 AM
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book review: THE LION AND THE GIRAFFE by Jack Couffer (BearManor Media) The author of this colorful memoir may not be a household name, but he’s been involved in everything from Walt Disney’s The Living Desert to Out of Africa, from Disney animal movies like The Incredible Journey to Never Cry Wolf…and he has great stories to tell.

dvd review: Black Orpheus

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 17, 2010 4:00 AM
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(Criterion Collection)

maltin on movies: A Town Called Panic

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 16, 2010 6:48 AM
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A Town Called Panic | Leonard Maltin | Maltin on Movies | Movie TrailersCheck out the wackiest animated feature I've ever seen—now available on DVD.

maltin on movies: Mother

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 16, 2010 5:57 AM
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Mother | Leonard Maltin | Maltin on Movies | Movie TrailersOne of the year’s best films is a multi-layered whodunit from Korea—and it’s available now on DVD.

film review: Eat Pray Love

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 13, 2010 4:01 AM
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I don’t think one should have to read a novel in order to enjoy its screen adaptation, but if you have read a particular book, chances are you’re going to get more out of the film than someone who hasn’t. You’ll remember the experience you had as a reader and fill in some of the details the movie has skipped. Several female friends who’ve seen Eat Pray Love told me how much they loved Elizabeth Gilbert’s book and the movie (adapted by director Ryan Murphy in collaboration with Jennifer Salt). I can’t help but feel they had an advantage over me.

film review: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 13, 2010 4:00 AM
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Everything Old Is New Again—In 3D

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 12, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 6 Comments
If you’re in New York City any time over the next two weeks and you’ve never seen “old-school” Hollywood 3D, make a beeline for Film Forum on Houston Street. Forget the untruths and distortions you’ve read about how primitive the process was in the 1950s and judge for yourself. You’ll have a great time, even if most of the movies aren’t great…and you won’t be wearing red-green glasses: that’s just one of the myths that’s been perpetuated by an ignorant press while touting new digital 3D.

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