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film review - Shutter Island

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 19, 2010 3:26 AM
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I approach every Martin Scorsese picture with the hope that it will be worthy of his reputation and extraordinary gifts as a filmmaker. Shutter Island marks the fourth time he has worked with Leonardo DiCaprio, who has matured year by year and benefited from the association. And, of course, Scorsese has assembled a gold-plated roster of collaborators for the project, including film editor Thelma Schoonmaker, cinematographer Robert Richardson, production designer Dante Ferretti, and costume designer Sandy Powell…not to mention a cast including Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Jackie Earle Haley, and Max von Sydow. Any film involving these talents is automatically worth seeing, and cannot—

book review - Inside the Brat Pack

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 17, 2010 8:20 AM
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You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried by Susannah Gora

Talking Movies on NPR's All Things Considered

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 17, 2010 6:20 AM
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Jeff Bridges and I Chat after the Oscar Nominee Luncheon

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 16, 2010 8:42 AM
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Chatting with Sandra Bullock after the Oscar Nominee Luncheon

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 16, 2010 8:03 AM
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Inside The Oscar Nominees Luncheon

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 16, 2010 2:15 AM
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In contrast to Oscar night, when everyone is tense and on parade, the atmosphere at the annual Oscar Nominees’ Luncheon is relaxed and celebratory. Once the curtains are drawn there are no television cameras inside and everyone is in high spirits. I feel awfully lucky to be invited to attend every year.
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Quentin Tarantino and Kirk Douglas Do A Q&K

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 16, 2010 1:19 AM
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One of the highlights of the just-wrapped Santa Barbara Film Festival was a matinee screening of the underrated 1975 feature Posse, produced and directed by its star, Kirk Douglas, who agreed to appear on stage with the film’s number-one fan, Quentin Tarantino, in what festival director Roger Durling dubbed a “Q&K.”
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Film Review—The Wolfman

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 12, 2010 5:00 AM
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The good news is, despite long production delays and rumors of disaster, the new remake of The Wolfman isn’t bad…not bad at all. Handsome production design by Rick Heinrichs and great makeup effects by Rick Baker (who also makes a brief appearance on camera) are among its strongest assets. There are some real scares, and a couple of knockout showpiece scenes.

Let's Hear It For Lon

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 12, 2010 4:58 AM
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I doubt if any horror-film buff doesn’t already own a copy of The Wolf Man (1941) in one of its DVD incarnations, but the release of the new Benicio Del Toro feature has inspired Universal to reissue the original one more time—with a brand-new 35-minute biography of Lon Chaney, Jr. among its bonus features. The documentary, titled Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney, Jr. may not hold any revelations, but it’s a first-rate survey of the actor’s bittersweet life and career, with rare photos, a sampling of film clips (including some of his earliest appearances in the 1930s, and his immortal performance as Lenny in Of Mice and Men), and interviews with a number of admirers, scholars, and colleagues—
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Leonard Maltin’s 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 9, 2010 6:12 AM
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I’m pleased to announce the publication of Leonard Maltin’s 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen. As those of you know who watch my weekly show Secret’s Out on ReelzChannel, there’s nothing I enjoy more than steering movie lovers to good films they may have missed. HarperStudio gave me an opportunity to write essays about 151 such films, and I jumped at the chance.
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