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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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  • 4 Comments
DVD and Book Review

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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Cinefest: A Little Slice Of Heaven

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 28, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 6 Comments
Every year, when my wife and I return from the Cinefest in Syracuse, New York, we find ourselves struggling to explain to our non-film-buff friends why we had such a good time in such an unlikely location in the dead of winter. Anyone who’s ever attended knows why we make the trek.
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movie review: Sucker Punch

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 25, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 17 Comments
Director Zach Snyder recreated the look and feel of ancient Thermopylae, as pictured by visionary artist/writer Frank Miller, in 300 without ever leaving a soundstage, using the palette of CGI. Then he brought the stylized world of Watchmen to life on screen. Now he has directed and co-written a film that takes place in yet another artificial environment—but these characters are as synthetic as their colorful backdrop. I’ll resist all the puns the title invites and simply say that Sucker Punch is one strange movie.

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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  • 5 Comments
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?

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