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movie review: Sanctum

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 4, 2011 5:30 AM
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James Cameron is the only box-office name associated with this film, so he's been promoted more than anyone else. While he didn’t write or direct the picture, he clearly had some input, and the film plays to two of his strengths: underwater photography and 3-D. Alas, it also underscores one of his weaknesses: painting his characters in strokes so broad the result is almost ridiculous at times.

dvd watch: From Vaudeville To Film Noir

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 3, 2011 5:30 AM
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  • 4 Comments
I guess you could say my taste is eclectic, as I’m equally excited about a wide variety of DVDs that run the gamut from early-talkie musicals to the stark suggestiveness of Sam Fuller.

Celebration And Discovery In Santa Barbara

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 31, 2011 6:30 AM
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Honoree James Franco greets his pal Seth Rogen backstage at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Saturday night.
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maltin on movies: Talking it over with Paul Giamatti

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 29, 2011 11:31 AM
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My Oscar Best Picture Breakdown

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 28, 2011 5:30 AM
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Entertainment Tonight asked me to provide some thoughts about all of this year's Best Picture nominees. Here are the results at ETOnline.

film review: BIUTIFUL

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 27, 2011 8:24 AM
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  • 3 Comments
Can you admire and respect a film without actually liking it? The answer is yes, and Biutiful is a perfect, personal example. I saw it at the Telluride Film Festival last fall, and appreciated director and co-writer Alejandro González Iñárritu’s comments before the screening. He explained that he deliberately set out to make a tragedy, and since he relates each of his previous three films (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel) to a musical style he would choose a requiem as the equivalent of this downbeat drama.

5,000 Fingers…And More

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 26, 2011 5:30 AM
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  • 1 Comment

Oscar Looks Beyond Hollywood

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 25, 2011 6:49 AM
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  • 9 Comments
Considering that the membership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is comprised of people who work in the mainstream movie industry, it’s encouraging to see that they refuse to follow the company line and repeatedly honor good work from the independent film world and foreign countries. Some major players lobbied hard, and spent untold thousands of dollars, to attract Academy interest this year, but the voting members opted for actors like Javier Bardem, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michelle Williams and films like Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, and Rabbit Hole instead.

German Film History Uncovered

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 24, 2011 5:29 AM
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A beautiful poster for Das alte Gesetz (The Old Law), from 1923, a seeming precursor to The Jazz Singer about a rabbi’s son who becomes a successful stage actor.
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film review: No Strings Attached

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 21, 2011 5:00 AM
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