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Secret's Out: Taking A Closer Look at The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 22, 2010 9:44 AM
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DVD review: The African Queen

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 22, 2010 7:29 AM
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If ever a movie was worth waiting for on DVD, it’s The African Queen. Because the film’s ownership was split among a handful of companies, on both sides of the Atlantic, and because it required an expensive restoration, it’s taken much longer than it should have to reach the marketplace…but now it’s here, and it’s great.

film review—Greenberg

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 19, 2010 5:39 AM
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Sometimes a film takes time to sink in. I didn’t dislike Greenberg while I was watching it—although its central character did get on my nerves a bit. But in the days that followed, I found myself thinking about the people in the story, and how fully developed they were. They seemed genuine, as tangible as the carefully-chosen Los Angeles locations in which the story unfolds. One can’t help but admire that quality.

film review—The Runaways

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 19, 2010 4:00 AM
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The Runaways doesn’t stray from the path that most making-of-the-band movies follow, yet it remains compelling from start to finish. Whether you know the story of the ground-breaking 1970s all-girl band called The Runaways or not, the opportunity to watch Kristen Stewart as fiercely determined rock and roller Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as unlikely singer-turned-sexpot Cherie Currie makes this film worthwhile.

film review—City Island

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 19, 2010 4:00 AM
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R. I. P., Fess Parker

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 18, 2010 7:54 AM
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Like millions of other kids, I idolized Davy Crockett and the man who played him, Fess Parker…so this is a sad day for me and other lifelong fans, even though I know he lived a good life for more than 85 years.
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Errol Flynn Redux

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 18, 2010 4:00 AM
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After my holiday trip to Australia and New Zealand I wrote about Errol Flynn’s home town of Hobart, Tasmania and printed some photos of the newly-named Errol Flynn Reserve. But it seems I was under-informed about local interest in the swashbuckling star. Here’s an e-mail I received from Steve Randell:

A Gold Mine For Film Research

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 17, 2010 4:00 AM
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Like anyone who’s spent much of his life in libraries and archives, hearing a young person claim that you can find “everything you need” to do research online is upsetting, to put it mildly. One can easily find simple information, and misinformation, but if you’ve devoted hours and days digging through vintage film publications or studio production files you know that acres of primary research materials don’t exist on the Internet. Even if you’re lucky enough to have access to great collections like the ones held by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills, or the New York Public Library in Manhattan, you’re limited to how many hours or days you can spend taking notes and making photocopies.

dvd review—Forgotten Stars

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 16, 2010 5:54 AM
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film review - Green Zone

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 12, 2010 5:00 AM
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Director Paul Greengrass has an amazing gift for simulating documentary-style reality, as he’s proven in such notable films as Bloody Sunday and United 93. He’s also brought his shaky-cam and rapid-fire editing style to the Bourne series, with great success, although not every viewer appreciates his motion-sickness approach to visual storytelling. Now he has tackled an Iraqi war story set in 2003, at the very outset of America’s involvement. Matt Damon stars as a dedicated Army officer searching for Weapons of Mass Destruction and coming up empty-handed.

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