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A MOVIE PALACE IN DISGUISE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 12, 2013 1:00 AM
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Los Angeles is lucky to have so many vintage movie palaces still standing and available for screenings, as opposed to my home town of New York City, which has surprisingly few. That’s why I was delighted to learn about one in Queens I never knew about: the former Loews Valencia, now the Tabernacle of Prayer on Jamaica Avenue. The man who chronicles it so well on his website is a professional movie and television location scout...

SIDE EFFECTS

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 8, 2013 1:02 AM
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"Side Effects" is a good, juicy thriller with echoes of film noir in its DNA. Director Steven Soderbergh is a genre fan and while his film feels completely contemporary...

IDENTITY THIEF

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 8, 2013 12:58 AM
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Pairing likable Jason Bateman as a victim and outrageous Melissa McCarthy as the title character in "Identity Thief" would seem to be a perfect comedy setup. The results, however, are less than perfect…

HOORAY FOR 1933—EIGHTY YEARS LATER

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 7, 2013 1:00 AM
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If I had my druthers—and a month’s vacation—I would camp out at Film Forum in Manhattan beginning Friday for Bruce Goldstein’s mind-boggling salute to the movie year of 1933, which he calls "Hollywood’s Naughtiest, Bawdiest Year." (If you don’t get the reference, brush up on your movie musicals!)

HIGH SPIRITS AT OSCAR NOMINEE LUNCHEON

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 5, 2013 3:56 AM
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There’s no suspense or sense of competition, just an air of cheerful camaraderie at the annual Oscar nominees’ luncheon, which was held Monday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The increasingly crowded awards season, with galas, q&a sessions and presentations galore, takes a toll on high-profile participants—

THE EXTENDED DISNEY FAMILY AND PETER PAN

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 4, 2013 3:02 PM
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The new Blu-ray/DVD/Digital release of Walt Disney’s "Peter Pan" includes the bonus features from previous DVD releases plus a few additions, including "Growing up with Nine Old Men," a short documentary in which Ted Thomas, the filmmaker and son of top Disney animator Frank Thomas, checks in with the children of the other artists who were nicknamed the Nine Old Men.

WARM BODIES

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 1, 2013 1:10 AM
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The shorthand description of this movie doesn't do it justice. Saying that it’s about a young woman who falls in love with a zombie makes it sound like a heavy-breathing variation on "Twilight." It’s better than that.

THE GATEKEEPERS

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 1, 2013 1:08 AM
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When Israeli filmmaker Dror Moreh saw Errol Morris’ riveting documentary "The Fog of War," in which he interviews former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, he was inspired to make a film that would give viewers access to someone from his country’s inner circle.

BULLET TO THE HEAD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 1, 2013 1:03 AM
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As I understand it, a successful buddy movie requires two well-cast actors in the starring roles. This one, which is based on a French graphic novel, offers Sylvester Stallone as a cardboard (yet larger-than-life) character named Jimmy Bobo,

STAND UP GUYS

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 1, 2013 12:55 AM
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Al Pacino and Christopher Walken’s mere presence in a film invites expectations, and understandably so. Add Alan Arkin to the mix, in a supporting role, and the stakes get even higher.

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