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Cowboys Are Still Riding High

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 18, 2011 9:00 AM
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I know a little something about fanzines, having published one for many years. Young people may not even know the term, which predates the Internet, with its sites and blogs, by many decades. Back then, before there was even widespread access to photocopy machines, I inherited Film Fan Monthly from its founder, Daryl Davy, in May of 1966 and combined it with my much more modest publication, Profile, which was then printed on a mimeograph machine. With a schoolmate, at first, and then my dad, I continued producing FFM every month—which included licking stamps, stuffing envelopes, and hauling bins to the post office—for the next nine years. (If you’re curious, you can explore and even purchase vintage issues HERE.)

movie review: The Princess Of Montpensier

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 15, 2011 10:49 PM
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I love movies that transport me to a different time and place. Bertrand Tavernier has said that with this film his goal was to make a tale of 16th century France seem so vivid and immediate that there would be no distance between the viewer and the characters on screen. That’s no small feat, but he has accomplished it with style and grace, as you would expect from this humanistic and virtuosic director.

movie review: Rio

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 15, 2011 4:35 AM
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  • 0 Comments
When Blue Sky Studio unveiled its debut feature-film, Ice Age, a decade ago, it became clear that Pixar didn’t have a monopoly on clever storytelling or computer imagery. Now, longtime staff director Carlos Saldanha, who was born in Brazil, has returned to his homeland, cinematically speaking, to create a lively, colorful, thoroughly entertaining animated feature.

movie review: The Conspirator

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 15, 2011 4:00 AM
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  • 11 Comments
There’s nothing more frustrating than wanting a movie to be great and having to admit that it falls short. At one point during The Conspirator I found myself willing it to be more exciting and dynamic, to no avail. It isn’t bad, but it never scales the heights of greatness its story promises and demands.

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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