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  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 12, 2013 12:35 AM
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Jackie Robinson made history as the first black man to play on a major league baseball team, but he titled his autobiography (which has just been reissued) "I Never Had It Made."

DISCONNECT

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 12, 2013 12:30 AM
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At a time when so many movies offer nothing but escape, it’s refreshing to encounter one that has something to say about modern society, and a great cast to bring it to life.

NEW AND NOTABLE FILM BOOKS

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 11, 2013 12:38 AM
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As always, there are more new film books than I have time to digest, but it’s been a while since I posted a survey, so here we go.

A FOND FAREWELL TO ANNETTE FUNICELLO

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 8, 2013 2:27 PM
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For baby boomers, the news of Annette Funicello’s death hits hard. Millions of us came home from school every day to watch "The Mickey Mouse Club," and she was one of the most popular Mouseketeers.
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THE COMPANY YOU KEEP

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 5, 2013 12:30 AM
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Socially relevant films for adults are so rare that you want to root for each one that comes along, especially from a filmmaker as imposing as Robert Redford. This one not only brings the actor back to the screen but surrounds him with an A-list cast.

TRANCE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 5, 2013 12:25 AM
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"Trance" is a remake of a little-seen British TV movie from 2001 written and directed by Joe Ahearne. Danny Boyle’s remake makes me want to see the original.

ROGER EBERT: MORE THAN JUST A CRITIC

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 4, 2013 7:44 PM
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I’m still in a state of shock over the news of Roger Ebert’s death, at age 70, so soon after going public about the recurrence of cancer in his system—and promising to file reviews as often as possible. That’s the Roger Ebert I’m thinking about right now: not the influential critic or the lifelong newspaperman who never missed a deadline, but the guy who faced a staggering series of health crises and refused to give in.

JOHN FORD’S FAVORITE FILM

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 3, 2013 12:42 AM
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I don’t know if "The Sun Shines Bright" (1953) is John Ford’s most neglected film—there are numerous candidates on the Old Master’s résumé—but it is the one he cited as his personal favorite.

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