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Greta's New Wave: Frances Ha

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 17, 2013 9:27 PM
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Noah Baumbach, who made an impressive directorial debut with "The Squid and the Whale," continues to blaze his own trail with an effervescent little film called "Frances Ha," which he wrote with its star, Greta Gerwig.

Star Trek Into Darkness

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 16, 2013 12:00 AM
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  • 14 Comments
Here’s the good news: J.J. Abrams and his writing team haven’t dropped the ball. This sequel to their 2009 reboot of "Star Trek" is lively, well-made popcorn entertainment.

The Incredible Shrinking 3-D Audience

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 15, 2013 12:01 AM
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  • 21 Comments
While "The Great Gatsby" made a lot of money last weekend (box-office pundits said it “overperformed,” which means they called it wrong), only 33% of ticket buyers chose to see it in 3-D.
More: 3-D, Journal

The Great Gatsby

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 10, 2013 12:15 AM
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Frankly, I was dreading Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of "The Great Gatsby," but I wouldn’t have anticipated that this master of gaudy excess had a genuine desire to do justice to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel.

Stories We Tell

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 10, 2013 12:05 AM
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I have a soft spot for Sarah Polley, as I’ve watched her grow up onscreen; my daughter and I used to watch her on TV as "Ramona" when she was 9 years old.

Peeples

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 10, 2013 12:01 AM
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Tyler Perry has become a brand name, as much as Disney or Marvel, over the last decade. As a producer with considerable clout, he’s enabled screenwriter Tina Gordon Chism to make her directorial debut...

With Bogart On The African Queen

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 9, 2013 3:17 AM
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Last week I got to sail on the actual African Queen with Bogart—Stephen Bogart, that is. The occasion was the first annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival, held in Key Largo, Florida, the setting of the 1948 Bogart-Bacall picture "Key Largo."

The Game-Changer: Ray Harryhausen

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 7, 2013 9:05 PM
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  • 11 Comments
When Ray Harryhausen’s "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" came out in 1958, it didn’t dominate the box-office as "Iron Man 3" did this past weekend.

Disney, Hitchcock, and Marilyn Flying High

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 6, 2013 12:05 AM
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If you fly out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on American Airlines’ commuter service, American Eagle, you must take a shuttle bus to a remote terminal, where you’ll be surrounded by giant photographic blowups of celebrities boarding American planes, back in the days when flying was a more romantic experience than it is today.
More: Journal

Well-Forged: Iron Man 3

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 2, 2013 11:38 PM
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  • 5 Comments
Sequels are a tricky business. I thought "Iron Man 2" squandered much of the good will the original 2008 film, and its oddly inspired casting of Robert Downey, Jr., engendered.

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