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dvd watch: Classic Comedies...Imported!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 14, 2011 4:30 AM
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ZaSu Pitts and Thelma Todd, Hal Roach’s distaff comedy duo.

An Inspiring Actress…And An Inspired TV Comedy

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 12, 2011 4:03 AM
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  • 2 Comments
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movie review: Hanna

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 8, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 6 Comments

movie review: Your Highness

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 8, 2011 4:15 AM
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  • 7 Comments
In theory, I suppose it would be funny—and incongruous—if in the middle of a serious costume drama a noble action hero uttered a four-letter word. Hearing Danny McBride do just that, repeatedly, in Your Highness not only isn’t funny but grows wearisome as the film plods along, seemingly unaware that it’s played all of its cards.

movie review: Arthur

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 8, 2011 4:00 AM
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How you react to Arthur will largely depend on your expectations. If you’ve never seen, or heard of, the 1981 movie Arthur you might find the new movie of the same name fairly entertaining. But if you have fond memories of the original, written and directed by Steve Gordon, you’ll know the truth: this occasionally amusing film can’t compare to the original, which was flat-out hilarious, with plum parts for Dudley Moore, as a childlike billionaire, and John Gielgud, as his long-suffering valet and caretaker. The best part of the new movie is the inspired casting of Russell Brand and Helen Mirren in the leading roles.

Film Noir: Mildred Pierce...And More

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 7, 2011 4:24 AM
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When I was a kid, the first sign of spring was the arrival of the Good Humor truck in my neighborhood, bringing my favorite ice-cream pops (like the unforgettable Chocolate Éclair). Nowadays, I know it’s spring when the Noir City: Hollywood Festival arrives at the Egyptian Theater, under the auspices of the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation. For this 13th annual event, Eddie Muller (the Czar of Noir), Alan K. Rode and their cohorts have cooked up another interesting schedule, introducing rare and unusual titles from the 1940s and 50s, many of which are not available on DVD.
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Animation: Private Snafu And Bill Plympton

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 5, 2011 4:30 AM
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movie review: Source Code

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 2, 2011 1:13 AM
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  • 8 Comments
Source Code is perfectly agreeable entertainment, so long as you don’t ask too much of it. It has an intriguing science-fiction premise that hints at deeper issues but, in truth, the movie doesn’t want to disturb us or make us think too much.

movie review: In A Better World

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 1, 2011 5:57 AM
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In a Better World triumphed against strong competition to win this year’s Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film. Now that it’s opening theatrically in the U.S. you can see why. I became a fan and booster of Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier when I saw her breathtaking Brothers (which is far superior to its Hollywood remake). Her films have a rare feeling of intimacy; there is no distance between us and the characters on screen. We almost feel as if we’re experiencing the story in their shoes.

Helen Mirren: A Hollywood Dame

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 30, 2011 4:30 AM
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Mirren and Russell Brand, costars of Arthur, clearly admire each other.
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