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...And Old

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 15, 2010 5:38 AM
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After a long and productive day working on my book last Sunday I decided I had earned a reward, so my wife and I attended a double-feature at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, where the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation are unspooling their annual Film Noir festival. This is always an enjoyable experience, as the faithful gather to discover rare goodies from the world of dark shadows and rain-soaked streets, mostly from the 1940s and 50s.

DVD review: Hail, Hail Freedonia—And Leo McCarey

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 12, 2010 5:03 AM
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Leo McCarey poses with ZaSu Pitts and Charles Laughton on the set of Ruggles of Red GapIf he had made only the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup, Leo McCarey would have a place in the pantheon of American comedy. He did much more, of course, from a superb series of silent two-reelers with Charley Chase and some of Laurel and Hardy’s finest comedy shorts to such great feature films as The Awful Truth and Love Affair. His name isn’t invoked as often as other giants of his era, perhaps because his later films became sentimental (Going My Way and The Bells of St. Mary’s, both giant hits with Bing Crosby) and then political (My Son John, Satan Never Sleeps). But somehow, in this year of 2010, as some of us shake our heads over signs that civilization—

Date Night

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 9, 2010 4:00 AM
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Tina Fey and Steve Carell are talented, likable performers. We already know how funny they can be, but in Date Night they prove to be capable actors, as well, utterly believable as a suburban New Jersey couple caught up in the drone of daily life. A night out on the town in Manhattan leads to the comic chaos that propels this movie. “Chaos” is the operative word here, as screenwriter Josh Klausner, who apprenticed with the Farrelly Brothers, throws our unsuspecting couple into one extreme situation after another—from dodging gangsters’ bullets to—

Binging on Movies—And Loving It

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 5, 2010 9:58 AM
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George O'Brien and a young Humphrey Bogart in A Holy Terror.
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secret's out: In Conversation with Andy Garcia

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 5, 2010 8:37 AM
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Celebrating 30 Years of Cinefest

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 5, 2010 6:22 AM
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16mm film is alive and well at Cinefest--even in the dealer's room.

film review: Clash Of The Titans

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 2, 2010 4:00 AM
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secret's out - Taking A Closer Look At Moon

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 28, 2010 11:58 AM
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film review: How To Train Your Dragon

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 26, 2010 4:00 AM
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If you want to see truly effective, creative use of 3-D, run to the nearest theater playing this movie. The folks at DreamWorks Animation know what they’re doing in this arena, and their films are designed with 3-D in mind from the very start; it isn’t an afterthought, and I for one can tell the difference. (Even Monsters vs. Aliens, which I didn’t care for, had terrific 3-D visuals.)

Great Films You Can't Find on DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 24, 2010 4:00 AM
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With the long-awaited release of The African Queen on DVD this week, film buffs can check another prominent title off their want lists. That’s the good news…but there are still a surprising number of movies from every decade of the 20th century that aren’t commercially available.

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