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film review: FAIR GAME

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 5, 2010 8:29 AM
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My conversion is now complete: I am a card-carrying Naomi Watts fan. I don’t know why I wasn’t her biggest booster before; I’ve liked her work in films as diverse as King Kong and The Painted Veil, but after seeing her this year in Rodrigo Garcia’s Mother and Child, Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger and now Fair Game, I am hooked. She is the real deal, and she gives yet another terrific performance as CIA agent Valerie Plame. The fact that she’s working opposite the extraordinary Sean Penn, as Joe Wilson, only ups the ante.

film review: Boxing Gym

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 5, 2010 4:10 AM
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The grand old man of cinema vérité-style documentaries, Frederick Wiseman, shows no signs of slowing down, nor has he lost his keen ability to capture the sights, sounds, and overall milieu of his chosen subject. Last year he took us behind the scenes of the Paris Opera’s ballet troupe in La Danse; this year he presents a compelling portrait of life at Lord’s Gym in Austin, Texas.

film review: 127 Hours

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 5, 2010 4:05 AM
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Directors like to test themselves, especially when they’re riding a wave of success. Having enjoyed worldwide acclaim for the emotional and immersive Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle has chosen an entirely different kind of story for his next project that presents a unique series of filmmaking challenges. I’d say he has met them all in 127 Hours, collaborating with key members of his Oscar-winning Slumdog team, including screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, composer A.R. Rahman, and cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle (who shared his task with Enrique Chediak).

film review: Due Date

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  • November 5, 2010 4:01 AM
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James MacArthur: The Disney Connection

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 2, 2010 11:23 AM
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When James MacArthur passed away last week at the age of 72, the obituaries I read emphasized his role as “Danno” on the long-running TV hit Hawaii Five-O, and understandably so…but at the same time they glossed over his career-building years at the Walt Disney studio. I was too young to see teenaged MacArthur in the live TV drama The Young Stranger and the feature film it spawned was over my head as a young moviegoer, but I vividly remember being introduced to the actor when Disney released The Light in the Forest, Third Man on the Mountain, Kidnaped, and Swiss Family Robinson. I wrote about all those films, and their significance, in my book The Disney Films, and still think Third Man on the Mountain is an—
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book review: Kay Thompson: From Funny Face To Eloise

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 2, 2010 3:02 AM
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By Sam Irvin (Simon and Schuster)

maltin on movies: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 30, 2010 7:10 AM
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maltin on movies: Welcome To The Rileys

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 29, 2010 7:00 AM
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Horror's Forgotten Man

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 29, 2010 5:00 AM
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TOD SLAUGHTER… AND OTHER HALLOWEEN DISCOVERIES
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film review: Nora's Will

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  • October 28, 2010 7:51 AM
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Indie and foreign films have a tougher time than ever in today’s marketplace, which is why I want to call your attention to an import that’s truly worth seeing—even though you may not have heard much about it. Nora’s Will has won a number of film festival awards, which got my attention. I also put considerable stock in Menemsha Films, the small, dedicated distributor that has taken on its U.S. release. They tell me that business actually increased after its first week at the Paris Theater in Manhattan because of strong word-of-mouth; now it’s opening at a number of Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles, with other cities to follow in the weeks and months ahead.

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