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GANGSTER SQUAD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 11, 2013 1:02 AM
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  • 4 Comments
"Gangster Squad" represents a missed opportunity. Director Ruben Fleischer and screenwriter Will Beall have discarded a great real-life story (uncovered by journalist Paul Lieberman in his book of the same name) and given us an overblown comic strip instead.

QUARTET

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 11, 2013 1:00 AM
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  • 1 Comment
With a sterling cast led by Maggie Smith and a script by playwright and screenwriter Ronald Harwood, whose credits include "The Dresser," "The Pianist," and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," this film comes with impeccable credentials for mature moviegoers.

OSCAR NOMINATIONS: SURPRISE, SURPRISE!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 10, 2013 1:35 PM
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  • 12 Comments
Attention, Oscar pundits: there is no such thing as a shoo-in or a “lock.” There’s also no such thing as a snub. Today’s Oscar nominations, announced at 5:38 a.m. by Emma Stone and this year’s Oscar host, Seth MacFarlane, were as unpredictable as ever...
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TIME TRIPPING WITH FRED & ADELE ASTAIRE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 9, 2013 1:00 AM
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  • 3 Comments
If I could step into a time machine, one of the places I’d want to visit is a Broadway (or London) theater in the 1920s when Fred and Adele Astaire enchanted audiences and sent critics to their thesauruses to find new words of praise.

CURE FOR A MOVIE HANGOVER

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 4, 2013 1:00 AM
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I love watching movies, but it becomes challenging during December when the year’s lengthiest and most ambitious films arrive all at once. By the time I’m done digesting, writing about and voting for them, I need a breather. That’s when I start reading, for pleasure, and watching vintage B movies—even while exercising. I’ll review some of the show-business books I read during the next week, but I also took a tip from "The New Yorker’s" Anthony Lane in his review of "Killing Them Softly."

MIDSOMER MURDERS – DVD review

  • By Alice Maltin
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  • January 3, 2013 1:00 AM
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  • 7 Comments
When actor John Nettles decided to hang up his badge as Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby and walk into the sunset (or wherever they told us he was going), that ended one of TVs most enjoyable British murder mystery series. Then they had the audacity to return with Neil Dudgeon as DCI John Barnaby—Tom’s cousin! I wished they hadn’t done that…but they did, and you know what? He’s really good.

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM HOLLYWOOD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 1, 2013 1:00 AM
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It’s time to ring in the new year with pin-ups and publicity shots from Hollywood’s past. And what better way to begin than with a celebration of Laugh Month, as indicated by this shot of Mack Sennett’s leading lady Alice Day?
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