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Fred Harvey And The Harvey Girls

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 30, 2011 4:11 AM
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With Memorial Day upon us, and people thinking about vacation travel this summer, I can’t think of a better time to put in a plug for Stephen Fried’s wonderful book Appetite for America, which has just been released in paperback by Bantam. This amazing saga of an English-born entrepreneur who changed the face of the American West is one of those stories that’s larger than life, in some ways better than fiction.
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movie review: The Hangover, Part II

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 27, 2011 4:31 AM
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  • 17 Comments
Unless moviegoers themselves are willing to shoulder some of the blame, it’s useless to try and figure out why The Hangover Part II is so bad. The film only exists because, after the hilarious 2009 movie broke box-office records for an R-rated comedy, its studio demanded a sequel. And if their instincts were correct, people will flock to see it this weekend. If your only arbiter of success is money earned, then the film will probably be considered a hit. If you factor quality into the equation, forget about it.

movie review: The Tree Of Life

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 27, 2011 4:15 AM
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  • 32 Comments

movie review: Kung Fu Panda 2

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 27, 2011 4:10 AM
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  • 3 Comments
It’s tricky to change the thrust—and the tone—of a story in its second installment, but I think the creators of Kung Fu Panda 2 have pulled it off. The first movie was

The Last Remaining Seats

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 26, 2011 5:49 AM
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What could be better than watching a classic movie in a great theater, surrounded by like-minded people? Last night I was proud to introduce the opening night of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s 25th annual festival known as The Last Remaining Seats. Once a year, vintage films are screened in a handful of our city’s remaining movie palaces on Broadway downtown. These theaters—which truly deserve to be called palaces—generally seat about 2,000 people, and they’re usually full, as tickets sell like hotcakes the minute the series is announced every year. Opening night spotlighted Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window at the Orpheum; upcoming Wednesday evening programs feature The Music Man, Captain Blood, King Kong, Zoot Suit, Sunset Blvd, and Safety Last, at the Los Angeles Theatre, the Palace, the aforementioned Orpheum, and Sid Grauman’s original Million Dollar Theatre, all on Broadway.
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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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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.

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