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Magic Mike—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 29, 2012 1:48 AM
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All the women I know are hot to see this movie. So were the women who packed the screening I attended, and they made their feelings known during the opening strip-club number—just like the adoring women onscreen. Then the story kicked in and everything changed.

People Like Us—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 29, 2012 1:45 AM
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Alex Kurtzman has an imposing list of writing and producing credits, mostly with his partner Roberto Orci, including such commercial hits as the 'Transformers' movies, the reboot of 'Star Trek', and 'Mission: Impossible III'… but for his directing debut (written with Orci and Jody Lambert) he has chosen an intimate story about a uniquely dysfunctional family, inspired by incidents in his own life.

Stoneface

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 28, 2012 4:15 PM
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I’m wary of plays that deal with historic movie figures or incidents. If they’re overly glib, or play fast-and-loose with the facts, I lose patience pretty fast. I didn’t feel that way about Vanessa Claire Stewart’s 'Stoneface: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton', which has been held over at Los Angeles’ Sacred Fools Theatre. If you’re in Los Angeles I encourage you to see it.

To Rome With Love—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 22, 2012 4:52 PM
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The best thing about being a Woody Allen fan is the certainty that if you don’t like his latest film, he’s already got another one in the oven. Following the unprecedented audience reaction to 'Midnight in Paris', Allen has conceived a multi-character mosaic of stories set in the Eternal City...but, sorry to say, 'To Rome With Love' falls flat.

Brave—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 22, 2012 1:05 AM
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If you have kids, you’ll want to take them to 'Brave', and they’ll almost certainly have a good time. If you’re an animation buff, you may have quibbles with the film, which looks great but isn’t up to Pixar’s high standards in terms of story. That’s the problem with creating so many innovative and memorable movies: when you do something that’s “merely” pretty good, it feels like a letdown.

Rock Of Ages—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 22, 2012 1:00 AM
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It’s easy to see how 'Rock of Ages' became a crowd-pleaser on Broadway, where audiences got caught up in the energy of 80s hit songs performed live. The film adaptation (credited, astonishingly, to three screenwriters, including the show’s creator Chris D’Arenzio) is a dreary collection of clichés and caricatures that doesn’t have one ounce of honest emotion in its elongated 123 minutes.

Andrew Sarris: Thinking About Movies

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 20, 2012 6:10 PM
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Film buffs who weren’t around in the 1960s and ‘70s might not appreciate how important Andrew Sarris was in those days before home video, the Internet, and the blogosphere, where everyone has an opinion and isn’t shy about expressing it. His landmark essays about the auteur theory and reviews of current films were highly influential—almost beyond description—and got people talking, as did his longtime feud with his contemporary contrarian, Pauline Kael.

Ciao From Biografilm Festival

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 18, 2012 10:33 PM
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When invited to a film festival in a beautiful or exotic place I’ve never visited before, I usually accept. That’s how my family and I wound up spending the last two weeks in Bologna, Italy, where I served as President of the Jury for the annual Biografilm Festival, a “celebration of lives” founded eight years ago by artistic director Andrea Romeo.

Your Sister’s Sister—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 15, 2012 1:00 AM
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If you appreciate small-scale films that favor character development over plot, you’re the target demographic for this likable—and, speaking honestly, forgettable—three-character piece from filmmaker Lynn Shelton (Humpday) and three talented actors, Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, and the man of the moment in the indie world, Mark Duplass.

Under The Radar: Chaplin’s Girl

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 14, 2012 1:00 AM
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The first movie book I ever purchased was a discarded library copy of Theodore Huff’s landmark biography of my cinematic hero, Charlie Chaplin. (The price was ten cents.) In the years since then I’ve amassed more volumes about Chaplin than any other individual…and apparently there’s no end in sight. But had I not read Laura Wagner’s review of 'Chaplin’s Girl: The Life and Loves of Virginia Cherrill' in a recent issue of Classic Images I wouldn’t have known it existed.

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