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Catching Up...

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 24, 2011 4:00 AM
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There never seems to be enough time to deal with all the things I’d like to write about. Fortunately, other people have covered some of these topics, so I’m happy to serve as your tour guide to some worthwhile articles, blogs, and web postings.
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movie review—Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 20, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 14 Comments
Remember how fresh and novel Pirates of the Caribbean seemed in 2003? Remember the fun of seeing Johnny Depp’s off-the-wall portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow for the first time? It may be hard to think back that far, because the lumbering, pointless sequels have buried every trace of spontaneity and given us “more of the same” in heavy doses.

Toasting A Silent Film Gala

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 18, 2011 4:30 AM
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This weekend is a special one in Los Angeles, because on Sunday night the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is holding its annual Silent Film Gala at UCLA’s glorious Royce Hall.
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Silent Movie Locations—At Your Fingertips

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 16, 2011 4:15 AM
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  • 2 Comments
Where did Charlie Chaplin stage a throwaway gag in his classic 1931 movie City Lights—and does the street look the same today, eighty years later? The answer is yes, and John Bengtson just figured it out.
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movie review: HESHER

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 13, 2011 7:12 AM
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  • 18 Comments
Some indie films seem to exist as exercises in strangeness, just to see how far they can go—and how long audiences will watch before screaming and running up the aisles. I stuck with Hesher till the bitter end, but I’m not proud of that achievement and wouldn’t recommend that anyone follow my lead.

movie review: Bridesmaids

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 13, 2011 4:20 AM
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  • 15 Comments
That sound you hear is me, heaving a sigh over yet another two-hour comedy that’s got about an hour of good material spread thin. Some smart, talented people collaborated on the film, including director Paul Feig (who’s also a good writer), producer Judd Apatow, and screenwriter and star Kristen Wiig, who created the script with Annie Mumolo. They clearly believe in what they’re doing, but judging from the results they can’t see the forest for the trees. I’m not even sure they can tell one tree from another; this mishmash of comedy styles and dramatic moments wanders all over the place. (It’s easy to see why. Like last year’s Get Him to the Greek and other Apatow productions, this one exposed—

movie review: Everything Must Go

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 13, 2011 4:15 AM
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  • 4 Comments
Will Ferrell’s brand of comedy doesn’t appeal to me, by and large. My favorites of his films are not the crowd-pleasers, but Stranger than Fiction, an offbeat comedy-drama, and Elf, a whimsical fable that required a sincere performance as much as comic knowhow.

‘DAILY’ FILM HISTORY ONLINE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 11, 2011 5:00 AM
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In the online era it might be difficult for young people to appreciate the role daily and weekly trade journals played in the movie industry way back when.
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Disney Rarities On Auction—And On View

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 9, 2011 4:00 AM
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  • 5 Comments
Auctions offering Disney artwork and memorabilia are fairly commonplace, but the material gathered for Profiles in History’s newest event, in conjunction with The actual envelope, in Walt Disney’s handwriting.
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movie review: The Beaver

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 6, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 7 Comments
I didn’t want to read a word about The Beaver before seeing it, and I’m glad I went in “cold.” It’s a purposefully odd little film about mental illness and a broken family, made with care and obvious passion by Jodie Foster from a screenplay by Kyle Killen. There entire cast is good, but the centerpiece is a potent performance by Mel Gibson.

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