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Meeting Miss Taylor

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 23, 2011 6:55 AM
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I don’t usually get flustered before an interview, but I did when Entertainment Tonight told me I’d be talking to Elizabeth Taylor. The year was 1989, and she was promoting a new TV version of Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth she had made with Mark Harmon. I didn’t want to squander this opportunity, and I didn’t know what it would be like talking to the famously press-shy star. So I called her longtime friend Roddy McDowall, who’d been very kind to me on a number of occasions, and asked if there was anything Miss Taylor was fond of that people didn’t tend to ask her about.

New And Notable Film Books

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 21, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 4 Comments
BOOK REVIEW

movie review: Win Win

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 18, 2011 4:30 AM
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Tom McCarthy made an impressive filmmaking debut eight years ago as the writer and director of the indie hit The Station Agent, which introduced us to Peter Dinklage and Bobby Cannavale. He followed it with The Visitor, which earned Richard Jenkins an Oscar nomination. Being an actor himself, he writes great parts for performers he admires, and he’s hit the bull’s-eye once again with Win Win, which stars Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan.

movie review: The Lincoln Lawyer

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 18, 2011 4:15 AM
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  • 6 Comments
'The Lincoln Lawyer' is a well-crafted, well-cast adaptation of Michael Connelly’s best-selling novel, shot on interesting Los Angeles locations. It’s a crime thriller with whodunit overtones, and there are twists right to the very end. So why isn’t it better?

BRENDA STARR, REPORTER—RESCUED!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 16, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 8 Comments
DVD REVIEW

Essential Reading...In Print And Online

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 14, 2011 5:30 AM
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Be honest: how often do you read the booklets that accompany deluxe DVDs? I always mean to, but too often I procrastinate and other things get in the way. If you’ve already been smart enough to pick up the Criterion Collection’s new two-disc release of Sweet Smell of Success, you’ll think even more of that whip-smart movie if you spend time with the supplementary reading material, which comes in a cleverly designed package meant to simulate a series of newspaper columns. First, there is an incisive—and expansive—essay about the picture by Gary Giddins, who not only explores the 1957 release in the context of well-worn genres (newspaper movies, Broadway movies, press agent movies, and nightclub movies, et al) but finds fascinating connections to The Great Gatsby. An essay by screenwriter Ernest Lehman, who originated the story, talks about the unusual production process that began with—
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movie review: Jane Eyre

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 11, 2011 5:30 AM
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Can a film be true to a classic literary source and still seem fresh? The answer is yes, and the proof is the new adaptation of Jane Eyre.

movie review: Mars Needs Moms

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 11, 2011 5:20 AM
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Talk all you want about technique: a good animated film depends on story and character, and it’s those vital ingredients that make Mars Needs Moms so entertaining. It’s also a pleasure to see a movie meant for kids that’s clever but not cynical or smart-alecky. I’m still not sold on producer Robert Zemeckis’ performance-capture technology, but I am sold on this movie. It deserves to be a hit, and I hope it is.

movie review: Battle Los Angeles

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 11, 2011 5:12 AM
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  • 8 Comments
One doesn’t approach a movie like this expecting Shakespearean drama. Unlike some films with loftier ambitions, Battle Los Angeles pretty much delivers what it promises: action, suspense, destruction, and the tried-and-true disaster-movie trope of people summoning the courage to pull together at a time of crisis.

movie review: Red Riding Hood

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 11, 2011 5:00 AM
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  • 10 Comments
Have you spent years wondering what the whole story was behind the fable of Little Red Riding Hood? Have you had questions about the motivations of the wolf, or suspicions about Grandma? Have you pondered the sexual connotations of this age-old fairy tale?

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