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film review: The Extra Man

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 30, 2010 4:00 AM
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If you have any fondness for life’s oddballs, I think you’ll share my affection for the latest film from the writing/directing team of Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman, who brought us American Splendor. The Extra Man, based on a novel by Jonathan Ames, focuses on two men who exist out of their time: Henry Harrison, a pompous, world-class eccentric who gets by as an escort, or “extra man,” for aging Manhattan society women, and Louis Ives, an unworldly academic with a propensity for cross-dressing.

Silent Films Live Again!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 27, 2010 12:11 PM
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To celebrate the 15th year of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, its directors decided to extend the event by an extra day, kicking off Thursday night and screening all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The results were exhausting but exhilarating. As in years past, near-capacity crowds turned out at every show, with several shows, like the newly-restored Metropolis, turning customers away.

A New Movie Guide

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 27, 2010 4:00 AM
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(The Penguin Group)I know, I know: the idea of publishing a reference book in the age of instant communication sounds positively quaint. But the 2011 Edition of Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide is just out, in two paperback formats—mass-market and a larger “trade size”—still alive and kicking after forty-one years (!). True, we can’t offer the immediacy of the Internet, but I still think the book is relevant, and so do a substantial number of readers around the world, thank goodness. We’ve added 300 new reviews, as recent as Sex and the City 2 and Iron Man 2, bringing the book up to a whopping 1,643 pages, and as always we’ve made hundreds and hundreds of changes, corrections, and additions. If a film is remade or followed by a sequel, turned into a TV series or Broadway play, we say so. If an actor who wasn’t well known when a film was—
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secret's out: The Runaways now on DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 26, 2010 4:00 AM
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The Runaways | Leonard Maltin | Leonard Maltin's Secret's Out | Movie Trailers

Celebrating Glorious Gloria

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 23, 2010 12:31 PM
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Gloria Stuart joined by fellow actresses Carla Laemmle and Pauline Wagner, all of whom are centenarians, at the "Academy's Centennial Celebration with Gloria Stuart." (photo courtesy of AMPAS)
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movie review: Salt

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 23, 2010 4:00 AM
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Salt moves like a bullet, and almost never stops to take a breath; as a result, neither do we. I can’t think of a recent film that’s maintained such a breakneck pace or made me so unaware of time flying by. This is beneficial, because the story doesn’t always make sense…but when a film is this energetic and entertaining, it would be a shame to spoil the fun by demanding too much of it.

movie review: Life During Wartime

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 23, 2010 3:59 AM
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I vividly recall the year Todd Solondz’s Happiness debuted at the Telluride Film Festival. His deadpan treatment of such sensitive subjects as pederasty and masturbation polarized the assembled moviegoers; some walked out in disgust, others stayed and were full of praise. Only a filmmaker as iconoclastic as Solondz would create a sequel twelve years later—and recast all the leading characters. Many of his films in that intervening period have been disappointing and downright strange, but Life During Wartime is exceptional…just as good as Happiness, and possibly even better.

Let’s Go To The Movies!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 20, 2010 6:00 AM
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On July 4, a slow news day, The New York Times ran an interesting feature article about a number of small towns that are operating their own first-run movie theaters—like the Roxy in Landon, North Dakota. They don’t add much to the weekend grosses you read about on Monday mornings, but they are keeping the tradition of moviegoing alive in close-knit communities from coast to coast: www.nytimes.com (You may have to be registered with The New York Times to read this piece.)
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secret's out: Taking A Closer Look At Kisses

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 19, 2010 8:11 AM
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Kisses | Movie TrailersDirector Lance Daley's instincts are right on in this coming-of-age film find from Ireland.

book and dvd reviews: It's A Noir, Noir, Noir, Noir World

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 16, 2010 4:00 AM
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The term “film noir” didn’t exist in the 1940s and early 1950s. The late Larry Gelbart, who wrote the noir-inspired stage musical City of Angels, once told me that back then “film” was something you got if you didn’t brush your teeth. People went to “the movies.” But ever since the term was taken up by American film buffs and scholars in the 1970s it has created a special allure for those dark, hard-boiled melodramas that studios ground out so effortlessly in the post-War era. What’s more, since today’s audiences have no trouble digesting cynicism, these films seem positively modern as opposed to the apple-pie wholesomeness of other Hollywood product from the period.

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