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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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  • 6 Comments
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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  • 5 Comments

movie review: Rango

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 4, 2011 5:00 AM
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  • 50 Comments
It would be unfair, and inaccurate, to call Rango a one-joke movie. There may be two or three; I didn’t count. The first laugh comes with the appearance of a funny-looking Mariachi bird quartet who opens the film and act as a kind of Greek chorus.

The Fruits Of Film Preservation

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 3, 2011 6:30 AM
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  • 8 Comments
A prized moment from Gene Kelly in New York, New York, a 1966 network TV special.
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Remembering Jane Russell

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 1, 2011 12:41 AM
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  • 9 Comments
To younger people who only know her as Marilyn Monroe’s brunette costar in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, or baby boomers who remember her selling bras on TV “for us full-figured gals,” it might be hard to convey just how big an impact Jane Russell had on American popular culture in the 1940s and early 1950s.
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Fun On Oscar Weekend

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 27, 2011 3:47 AM
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  • 2 Comments
A glowing Melissa Leo, at the Independent Spirit Awards, looks nothing like the mother she played so frighteningly well in The Fighter.
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Me and Mike Tyson Talk Oscars

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 23, 2011 7:10 AM
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  • 10 Comments
Oscar Talk with Mike Tyson & Leonard Maltin from Mike Tyson
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dvd review: The Tillman Story

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 22, 2011 7:25 AM
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The Tillman Story | Leonard Maltin | Maltin on Movies | Movie Trailer | Review

movie review: Unknown

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 18, 2011 7:00 AM
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  • 7 Comments
In the French-made, English-language sleeper Taken, Liam Neeson was a former CIA operative who was (outlandishly) able to thwart a sex-trafficking ring. Audiences responded vociferously to his take-charge character. His latest film, Unknown, was also made in Europe—this time, Berlin—by Spanish-born director Jaume Collet-Serra, and it casts the reliable actor in a role that couldn’t be more different. In this yarn, he loses control of his life, or to be more specific, his identity.

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