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UCLA’S FESTIVAL OF PRESERVATION

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  • February 28, 2013 2:29 PM
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Once again, the UCLA Film and Television Archive is presenting some of its latest preservation efforts on the big screen at the Hammer Museum in Westwood. The series ranges from mainstream Hollywood features to live television broadcasts, documentaries, newsreels, and early short subjects that only survive because paper copies were printed from the original negatives in order to secure their copyright.

I’VE HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 26, 2013 1:00 AM
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Filmmaker David O. Russell was thrilled that Jack White permitted him to use two of his songs on the soundtrack of "Silver Linings Playbook," but I was more excited to recognize Dave Brubeck’s “Unsquare Dance,” which is directly followed by Les Paul and Mary Ford’s rendition of “The Moon of Manakoora,” as Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have their disastrous date at the neighborhood diner.

OSCARS SHARE THE WEALTH

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 25, 2013 2:57 AM
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When there are so many excellent films in contention for the Oscars, the only sensible thing to do is spread the love around, and that’s what Academy voters did Sunday night.

OSCARS IN THE HERE AND NOW

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 22, 2013 7:09 PM
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I’ve been fortunate to have an opportunity to write about this year’s Oscar race in a series of essays for the news agency Thomson Reuters.

BLESS ME, ULTIMA

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  • February 22, 2013 6:38 PM
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All I knew about this film going in was that it was based on one of the most popular Chicano books of modern times, written by Rudolfo Anaya and published in 1999. When I learned that it was adapted for the screen and directed by Carl Franklin, I smiled in anticipation of something special.

MORE ABOUT MOVIE PALACES

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 16, 2013 2:19 AM
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My post last week about the rediscovered Loews Valencia in Queens, New York and the golden age of movie theaters sparked a lot of reaction, including this note from my longtime colleague on "Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide," Rob Edelman, who lives in upstate New York.

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 15, 2013 1:05 AM
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When I described Sylvester Stallone’s "Bullet to the Head" as cartoonish, I hadn’t seen "A Good Day to Die Hard." This fifth go-round for the Bruce Willis action series makes the Stallone picture seem positively Shakespearean! To be fair to action junkies I should say that if you like watching things blow up, you won’t be bored.

NO

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 15, 2013 1:02 AM
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An Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film this year, Pablo Larrain’s No is a persuasive docudrama that chronicles the efforts to unseat Chile’s dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1988.

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 15, 2013 1:00 AM
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If you want to attract a young audience with a love story these days, it seems you have to make the leading characters zombies or vampires or anything but the boy and girl next door. That’s the case with "Beautiful Creatures," although I don’t see how that title applies to the film in question,

VALENTINE’S DAY PIN-UPS 2013

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 14, 2013 3:16 AM
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With Cupid on the wing, it’s time to show off some vintage Hollywood stills promoting Valentine’s Day—and the movie studios who had their prettiest contract stars pose for these shots. The earliest example features an ingénue whom many of us cherish from her recurring role as Miss Crabtree, the most idealized schoolteacher of all time, in the "Our Gang" comedies of the early 1930s.
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