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film review: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

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  • July 14, 2010 4:00 AM
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If you know that this film comes from the team that gave you National Treasure, you have a pretty good idea of what to expect: a larger-than-life action yarn with special effects and a sense of humor. It isn’t my favorite kind of entertainment, but there’s a good reason Jerry Bruckheimer is successful: he (mostly) makes movies people pay money to see. Director Jon Turteltaub and a team of writers are clearly in sync with the producer’s m.o.

dvd review: Buster Keaton: Lost And Found

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  • July 13, 2010 4:00 AM
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The folks at Kino International deserve a medal for the exceptional job they’ve done bringing Buster Keaton’s films to DVD. Last year they unveiled a beautiful copy of The General on Blu-Ray, the first silent feature to appear in that format. Now they’ve unearthed an alternate version of Steamboat Bill Jr. and paired it with the print we’re familiar with. As silent-film aficionados know, most films were shot with dual cameras, side by side, to provide a second negative for overseas use. Because the finished prints were edited separately, there were often variations in the timing of shots. At this late date it’s impossible to know for certain which version was which, but Kino’s new two-disc DVD enables Keaton scholars to examine them both. (For those who are less compulsive, a bonus feature offers a handful of scenes in split-screen so you can see the admittedly slight differences between the two. The pictorial quality is quite good in both cases.) Other features include a visual essay on the making of the film, a photo library, and—

secret's out: David Hockney and A Bigger Picture

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  • July 12, 2010 6:31 AM
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Leonard Maltin's Secret's Out | Leonard Maltin | Movie TrailersDiscover the David Hockney—Laurel and Hardy Connection.

secret's out: Delving Deeper Into the Music of Svend Asmussen

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  • July 12, 2010 5:13 AM
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Leonard Maltin's Secret's Out | Leonard Maltin | Movie TrailersWait till you here this man play!

film review: The Kids Are All Right

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  • July 9, 2010 4:00 AM
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Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are worth the price of admission to The Kids Are All Right all by themselves, as far as I’m concerned. That the film is so smart and entertaining is icing on the cake.

Looney Tunes, On-Screen And In Print

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 7, 2010 4:00 AM
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Sometimes I think I was born at exactly the right time, as a child of the first television generation. When local TV stations purchased libraries of old cartoons and made them part of their daily programming, I had the opportunity to digest and memorize seemingly every Warner Bros. cartoon from the 1930s and 40s. And that’s exactly what I did. I wish I’d had a book like the newly-published The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons to guide my path back then.

Cartoons Forever!

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  • July 5, 2010 4:00 AM
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As Toy Story 3 racks up some of the best reviews of the year, I’m pleased that so many critics have taken time to make note of the innovative short-subject that accompanies it. Day & Night—which is so clever it’s almost impossible to describe—is the work of an up-and-coming talent named Teddy Newton whom the folks at Pixar have earmarked for big things.

Movie Palaces Come Alive Again

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 2, 2010 4:00 AM
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There is no thrill to compare with seeing a classic movie in a great movie theater. For twenty-four years, the Los Angeles Conservancy has hosted a month-long series called Last Remaining Seats, showing vintage films in the city’s great movie palaces, most of which are located on Broadway downtown. This year’s wide-ranging bill of fare included Strangers on a Train, American Graffiti, The Graduate, the 1943 Mexican classic Flor Silvestre, and the silent version of Peter Pan. (The evening I’m really sorry I missed featured How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with its stars Robert Morse and Michele Lee in person, interviewed by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, who features Morse on his show.) I don’t know of another major city with more surviving theaters from the glory days than ours. Alas, this part of Broadway—which used to be a Mecca for Southland shopping and entertainment—is now just a business district during the day and something of a ghost town at night. Post-World War Two suburban sprawl and the destruction of Los Angeles’ much-loved Red Car light-rail system saw to that.
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Book review: Shoot The Rehearsal!

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  • July 1, 2010 3:00 AM
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By Rudy Behlmer (Scarecrow Press)

film review: Eclipse

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 30, 2010 1:00 AM
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I haven’t read Stephenie Meyer’s books, but I liked the first Twilight movie, so even though I’m not a card-carrying Twi-hard I have no axe to grind where this series is concerned. That said, I thought this new installment was incredibly boring. Woe to any newcomer who’s unfamiliar with the characters and situations, because Eclipse offers virtually no exposition. I suppose the filmmakers feel that only the faithful will bother to see it, but that’s no excuse for the complete lack of dramatic context.

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