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film review: Sex And The City 2

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 27, 2010 4:00 AM
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Some films are considered critic-proof: in other words, they’re going to succeed no matter what anyone says. Sex and the City 2 is a prime example. I presume that the huge, mostly female crowds that rushed to see the first feature-length adaptation of Darren Star’s racy TV series two years ago will be back in equal force for this followup, even though, like so many sequels, it isn’t as good.

Catching Up

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 26, 2010 5:14 AM
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This is a momentous week for me: we’ve just finished the new edition of my annual paperback Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide—the 2011 Edition, to be specific. In this era of instant communication the process of writing, editing, and preparing a book seems quaint at best, and cumbersome at worst, but our book is still alive and well, and (I’m happy to say) has a healthy audience around the world. (I use the editorial “we” advisedly, since this has always been a team effort. Some of my collaborators have been working on this book for thirty years or more. If I didn’t have their input I’d be lost.)

dvd review: Stagecoach

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 24, 2010 6:56 AM
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(Criterion Collection)

secret's out: taking a closer look at North Face

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 24, 2010 1:09 AM
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film review: Solitary Man

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 21, 2010 4:00 AM
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Michael Douglas has nothing to fear, so he’s perfectly willing to play a role other actors might run away from: a 60-ish New Yorker who’s a complete and utter louse. Once he married his college sweetheart and owned a string of car dealerships; now all he’s got left is his gift of gab, which can still win over almost any woman, young or old. But without a moral compass, he makes one bad decision after another, causing his personal and professional life to crumble…and he has no one to blame but himself.

film review: Holy Rollers

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 21, 2010 4:00 AM
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A good movie starts with an idea. In the case of Holy Rollers, a news item about a drug bust involving Hasidic Jews from Brooklyn, New York inspired a novice producer to believe that this could be the springboard for a film…and he was right. Holy Rollers is a piece of fiction inspired by that factual incident. It’s modest in its ambitions but realizes them fully, in a deceptively simple, stragithforward film that’s both satisfying and thought-provoking.

The Original King of Comedy

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 19, 2010 3:59 AM
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Book Review: MACK SENNETT’S FUN FACTORY by Brent E. Walker (McFarland)

The Italian Straw Hat

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 18, 2010 6:11 AM
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How can a film that’s more than eighty years old seem fresh and modern? That’s the marvel of Rene Clair’s silent gem The Italian Straw Hat (1927), which has been lovingly restored by producer David Shepard for DVD release through Jeffery Masino’s Flicker Alley. If you’ve never seen the picture, you owe it to yourself to experience its wit and charm, which is comparable to the finest work of Ernst Lubitsch…yet it is distinctly, unmistakably French. While its source material (an emblematic stage farce written in 1851) was already well-worn by the late 1920s, Clair put his own stamp on it by changing—

secret's out: A Closer Look at Please Give

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 17, 2010 6:48 AM
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film review: Robin Hood

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 13, 2010 4:30 AM
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  • 28 Comments
I went into this film with a “show me” attitude, but I freely admit it won me over. In spite of a few quibbles, I came away entertained. Perhaps the best compliment I can pay to director Ridley Scott, screenwriter Brian Helgeland, and their cast is that I didn’t find myself comparing their work to Robin Hoods past. They have managed to put their stamp on a familiar tale without completely subverting it.

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