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BRENDA STARR, REPORTER—RESCUED!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 16, 2011 4:30 AM
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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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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?

Homes Of The Stars—Then And Now

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 9, 2011 5:30 AM
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Photo courtesy of Darrell Rooney.
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A Chaplin Milestone

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 7, 2011 5:28 AM
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  • 9 Comments
This home-made cake pays tribute to the 75th anniversary—to the day—of “the end of the silent film era,” February 5, 1936, the date of Modern Times’ premiere in New York City. It also gives you some idea of the spirit behind Chaplinfest.
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movie review: The Adjustment Bureau

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 4, 2011 5:05 AM
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I’m a sucker for movies about fate, destiny, and heavenly intervention—going all the way back to On Borrowed Time and Here Comes Mr. Jordan up through Ghost Town with Ricky Gervais—so I was more than willing to accept the premise of The Adjustment Bureau, based on Philip K. Dick’s short story. In this case, the buttoned-down business types played by Anthony Mackie and John Slattery are here on earth to make sure things go “according to plan.” So when hotshot politician Matt Damon chances to meet Emily Blunt and falls in love at first sight, they’re forced to—

movie review: Of Gods And Men

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 4, 2011 5:02 AM
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