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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.

Remembering Jackie Cooper

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 6, 2011 1:30 AM
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  • 4 Comments
I feel as if I’ve known Jackie Cooper my whole life. Like many baby boomers, I grew up on a daily diet of The Little Rascals (originally known as Our Gang) on television, and also watched reruns of his 1950s TV series The People’s Choice, which I liked because it featured a dog named Cleo who “talked” to the audience. When I first interviewed Jackie, by telephone in 1974, he told me that when he directed episodes of that comedy series he remembered a valuable lesson from The Little Rascals: when in doubt, cut to the dog.
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movie review: THOR

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 5, 2011 4:29 AM
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  • 7 Comments
Thor is a comic-book superhero movie with a split personality. There is weighty drama in the Kingdom of Asgard, while the tone of the film becomes flippant and funny when it lands on Earth. The end result is fairly enjoyable but easily forgettable, because neither aspect of the story completely takes hold.

TCM Goes Hollywood—Again

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 4, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 2 Comments
Euphoric: that’s the best word I can think of to describe the feeling that permeated the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood this past weekend.
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Good Riddance To Movie Prints

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 2, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 23 Comments
Well, it’s about time. After more than a hundred years of faithful service, 35mm prints seem destined to go the way of the dodo bird, and I for one am glad. Who needs those pesky, perforated pieces of film anyway?Actual 35mm frames from Can-Can with Maurice Chevalier, Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra.
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PROM

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 29, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 5 Comments
movie review

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 29, 2011 4:20 AM
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  • 2 Comments
documentary review

Meek's Cutoff

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 29, 2011 4:15 AM
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  • 2 Comments
movie review

Exporting Raymond

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 29, 2011 4:10 AM
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  • 2 Comments
documentary review

100 Years Of Movie Memories

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 27, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 3 Comments

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