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All Day With Batman

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 30, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 15 Comments
Now that we’ve all had our close encounter with the Dark Knight, allow me to wax nostalgic about one of my all-time happiest moviegoing experiences. Following the huge success of ABC’s campy 'Batman' TV series, Columbia Pictures reissued the original 15-chapter 'Batman' serial from 1943 to theaters.

Dark Horse-movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 28, 2012 1:00 AM
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Todd Solondz is the master of suburban angst, but for me his films run hot and cold. When he’s hot, as in the recent 'Life During Wartime', he has an uncanny ability to find both absurdist comedy and poignant drama in the vicissitudes of everyday characters.

Step Up Revolution—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 27, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 4 Comments
Skeptics beware: I’m about to recommend a musical not only for its energy and imagination but its use of 3-D. Like its little-seen predecessor ('Step Up 3-D'), 'Step Up Revolution' won’t win any screenwriting awards, but it’s a perfect summertime refresher.

The Watch—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 27, 2012 12:58 AM
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'The Watch' is the cinematic equivalent of a bag of pork rinds: wholly unappealing to some people and catnip to others.

Film History A La Carte

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 23, 2012 3:26 PM
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It used to be that if you wanted to pursue film history, you consulted a book or magazine, or attended a lecture. Now there are countless options online, some of them quite inventive. (How else could rare Laurel and Hardy home movies be exposed to a worldwide audience?) Frank Thompson, a prolific author and film historian of the first rank, has launched a podcast called 'The Commentary Track', where he posts audio interviews with notable colleagues.
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The Dark Knight Rises—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 19, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 22 Comments
It’s almost too much to hope for: a summer blockbuster that’s compelling, original, well-crafted and perfectly cast. Yet that is precisely what director and co-writer Christopher Nolan has given us in 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

Silents Soar In San Francisco

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 18, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 7 Comments
How many times can I learn the same lesson? I was going to skip a Sunday morning showing of Douglas Fairbanks’ 'The Mark of Zorro' at this year’s San Francisco Silent Film Festival. After all, I know the movie by heart; I owned an 8mm print of it when I was a kid. But my wife and I arrived at the Castro Theatre in time to catch the last half-hour and decided to go inside the darkened auditorium.

Things Change…

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 16, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 11 Comments
I don’t take to change readily or easily. In recent weeks we’ve lost several local establishments in my area of Los Angeles: a couple of longtime neighborhood restaurants and a wonderful independent bookstore. It hurts. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, Laemmle Theatres has announced the imminent demise of its distinctive marquee at the Royal Theatre on Santa Monica Boulevard. 

Ice Age: Continental Drift—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 13, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 3 Comments
I was charmed, and pleasantly surprised, when I saw 'Ice Age' a decade ago. Its enormous success has prompted multiple sequels, which have made a ton of money around the world (with Fox cannily hiring well-known actors and comedians to provide the voices for their individual countries). This money machine, with its sure-fire kid appeal, makes the fourth entry in the series, 'Ice Age: Continental Drift', virtually critic-proof.

Raymond Scott Back On The Big Screen

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 12, 2012 1:00 AM
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If you grew up watching Warner Bros. cartoons, you know the music of Raymond Scott, even if his name isn’t familiar. He was an innovative musician and composer whose propulsive, syncopated piece “Powerhouse” was adopted by Warner’s music director Carl Stalling as a recurring theme in his Looney Tunes scores.

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