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What’s On TV Tonight?

  • By Darwyn Carson
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  • March 31, 2013 4:12 PM
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guest review by Darwyn Carson — We’ve all heard it. Someone channel surfing tosses the remote aside and says: “Over a hundred channels and nothing’s on TV.” Seems times have changed. Point of fact, the viewing pendulum has swung from nothing to watch to too much to watch.

THE HOST

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 29, 2013 12:18 AM
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Having suffered through the last two installments of the heavy-breathing "Twilight Saga," I wasn’t eager to see the latest film based on a novel by Stephenie Meyer. The only reason I had any hope was the presence of Saoirse Ronan in the leading role—and indeed, this uncommonly gifted Irish actress is the main reason the film doesn’t completely implode.

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 29, 2013 12:15 AM
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Filmmaker Derek Cianfrance likes to paint on a big canvas. His last film, "Blue Valentine," chronicled the two extremes of a relationship, from its first spark to its bitter demise. In "The Place Beyond the Pines" he charts the destinies of fathers and sons, and the people closest to them.

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 29, 2013 12:08 AM
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I have a terrible confession to make: I missed the first G.I. Joe movie four years ago. That means I can’t compare the details and nuances of that screenplay and the new release, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." But I can still review it.

BLANCANIEVES

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 28, 2013 5:48 PM
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It’s almost impossible to write about this black & white silent film without mentioning last year’s sleeper "The Artist." Some critics have chosen to praise the Spanish import at the expense of its Oscar-winning predecessor—perhaps because it was drummed into the front ranks by Harvey Weinstein’s aggressive campaigning.

MORE CHARLEY CHASE ON DVD (AND EDGAR KENNEDY, TOO)

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 28, 2013 12:00 AM
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Charley Chase is a favorite of comedy connoisseurs but for years, it was difficult to see his best two-reel comedies from the 1920s. They seemed to exist only in scattered 16mm prints, until Kino (drawing on the LobsterFilm archives) and Milestone released their welcome collections.

LEE MARVIN: POINT BLANK by Dwayne Epstein (Schaffner Press)

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 25, 2013 11:19 PM
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Dwayne Epstein may not have intended to spend nearly twenty years working on a biography of Lee Marvin, but had he not started in the mid-1990s he would have missed the opportunity of interviewing the actor’s older brother, many of his directors (from Sam Fuller to John Frankenheimer), and an even greater number of friends and costars.

THE SAPPHIRES

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 22, 2013 1:38 PM
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I can’t imagine anyone concocting a movie about four Aboriginal girls entertaining American troops in Vietnam in the late 1960s unless it were based on a true story.

ON THE ROAD FOR TCM

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 21, 2013 4:07 PM
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For the second year, I’ve been asked to host two evenings in Turner Classic Movies’ “Road to Hollywood ” series—last week with Jane Powell in Cambridge, Massachusetts and this week with Mitzi Gaynor in Chicago. Need I add that it’s been great fun?

CINEFEST: RARE FILMS AND A UNIQUE AUDIENCE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 18, 2013 11:06 PM
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When people ask why my wife and I travel to wintry Syracuse, New York every March—and celebrate our wedding anniversary there—I try to explain that Cinefest is more than just a four-day marathon of truly rare silent and early-talkie films. It’s also a “gathering of the clan,” a reunion of old friends with whom we’ve spent quality time over the past four decades.

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