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Movie-Buff Heaven: The TCM Classic Film Festival

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 29, 2013 10:39 PM
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Another edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival has wrapped in Hollywood, and I had a great time hosting a variety of events, as a backup to the channel’s stalwarts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, and meeting a vast number of dedicated movie fans from all parts of the country.

A River of Dreams: Mud

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 26, 2013 12:10 AM
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Writer-director Jeff Nichols fulfills the promise he showed in his previous film "Take Shelter" with a beguiling fable called "Mud."

Pain & Gain

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 26, 2013 12:08 AM
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What burns me up about "Pain & Gain" is that the trailer, and even the excerpts shown on TV, make it look like fun.

A Voyage Worth Taking: Kon-Tiki

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 26, 2013 12:05 AM
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Thor Heyerdahl made history by traveling nearly 5,000 miles on a balsa-wood raft in 1947. His book about the adventure sold more than 50 million copies worldwide, and his subsequent 1951 documentary earned an Oscar.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 26, 2013 12:03 AM
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Having made a number of movies dealing with cultural identity, Mira Nair was an obvious choice to direct the screen adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s critically acclaimed novel "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," even though she is Indian and the film is rooted in Pakistan.

At Any Price

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 26, 2013 12:01 AM
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It actually hurts to write this review, as I’ve been a booster of Ramin Bahrani’s work from the moment I saw his debut feature "Man Push Cart."

Studio Vaults Open—On DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 25, 2013 12:00 AM
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Many of the major studios no longer want to be in the DVD (or Blu-ray) business; they’d rather stream or download their films. There are some notable exceptions, however, and they spell good news for serious buffs and collectors.

HOW TO PITCH A MOVIE…AND MORE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 23, 2013 2:26 PM
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It’s long been a joke in Hollywood that the only way to sell a movie is to compare it to a previous hit. But what’s a joke to some people is a tutorial for others.
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OBLIVION

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 19, 2013 12:30 AM
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Truly original science-fiction ideas are few and far between, at least within the realm of Hollywood moviemaking, so "Oblivion" scores points for both its premise and its execution—up to a point.

ANDRÉ PREVIN: A WELCOME RETURN

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 16, 2013 12:00 AM
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One of the first records I ever purchased was André Previn’s jazz version of "My Fair Lady"….and I’ve never fallen out of love with this wonderful album.

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