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Movie Songs That Remain Unsung

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 11, 2012 2:00 AM
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Remember that romantic title song from 'A Place in the Sun'? You know, the one featuring a beaming Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift on the sheet music cover? Never mind that the story is a tragedy and the two stars seldom work up a grin, let alone a smile, in actual film. The idea was to promote the picture by stirring up interest, and possibly getting radio airplay, for the song.

Prometheus—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 8, 2012 2:12 AM
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  • 96 Comments
First, the good news: 'Prometheus' is a captivating experience, meant to be savored on the big screen. Ridley Scott’s reputation as a master craftsman is well deserved and he offers up a hugh, impressive, eye-opening production. It’s also well cast, with two forceful female characters played for all they’re worth by Noomi Rapace (Sweden’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Charlize Theron.

Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 8, 2012 2:05 AM
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Not every movie is, or has to be, an Event. Sometimes all I ask of a film is that it offer a pleasant diversion for an hour and a half. That’s exactly what I got from Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding. I fear it may get a critical drubbing during the heated atmosphere of the current movie season, but I stand by my opinion. It’s an amiable film with an appealing cast in a highly attractive setting.

Safety Not Guaranteed—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 8, 2012 2:00 AM
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How do you take a wacky premise and make it believable enough to sustain a feature-length film? What’s more, how do you incorporate a science-fiction element in a low-budget indie production? For answers, see the engaging new comedy 'Safety Not Guaranteed', which won newcomer Derek Connolly the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. If you like low-key, offbeat comedies, consider it a must-see.

RKO Radio Pictures: A Titan Is Born—book review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 7, 2012 2:00 AM
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I can’t explain why I’ve always been attracted to the films of RKO. It can’t just be that arresting radio tower logo; there’s something unpredictable about the studio’s body of work during the 1930s and '40s. Now, thanks to longtime studio scholar Richard Jewell (who coauthored the coffee-table reference book 'The RKO Story' years ago) I understand a lot more about the workings—and undoing—of this once-promising organization.

John Wayne—But Not In 3-D

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 5, 2012 10:36 AM
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  • 5 Comments
John Wayne’s 'Hondo' might have been the first major studio picture from the 3-D era of the 1950s to come to home video, but today’s welcome Blu-ray release from Paramount is in conventional 2-D. Too bad. Paramount trumpets the fact that it’s in widescreen for the first time, which is true.

Snow White and the Huntsman—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 1, 2012 2:00 AM
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  • 26 Comments
Sometimes, while I’m watching a bad movie, one burning question arises: “What were they thinking?” That’s what I asked myself while suffering through 'Snow White and the Huntsman', a putrid, and seemingly endless, retelling of the famous fairy tale. Grim and gruesome, it’s a soul-sucking two-hour-plus endurance test that parents should avoid taking their kids to see except as an extreme form of punishment.

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