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Margaret—DVD review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 10, 2012 2:18 AM
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I’m a latecomer to Kenneth Lonergan’s 'Margaret', having missed its brief appearance in theaters last year (after a five-to-six year delay) but it’s not too late for me to sing its praises. It has its flaws, but I defy you to find a more intelligent or impassioned American film this year.

Disneyana On A Presidential Scale

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 9, 2012 4:23 PM
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I was lucky enough to attend the grand opening of the new Disney exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library last week in Simi Valley, California, and I urge every diehard Disney fan to make a pilgrimage there between now and next April. There are more than 500 artifacts on display in the 12,000 square-foot presentation, making it the largest exhibit ever curated by the Walt Disney Archives. (Equally impressive is the fact that the whole project was conceived and executed in six months’ time.)

Savages—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 6, 2012 12:18 AM
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  • 9 Comments
It isn’t a requirement that you like a movie’s central characters, but it usually helps develop rooting interest. That’s one reason Savages comes up short: it’s difficult to care about anyone. If director and co-writer Oliver Stone had told the story more compactly, or not encouraged some of his actors to play their roles so broadly, the results might be different.

The Magic Of Belle Isle—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 5, 2012 11:43 PM
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Morgan Freeman’s presence generally makes any film worth seeing, and this is no exception. The fact that The Magic of Belle Isle also offers a benign, family-friendly alternative to harsher summer fare is icing on the cake.

The Do-Deca-Pentathlon—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 5, 2012 6:55 PM
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The Duplass Brothers, Jay and Mark, made their reputation with a series of barely-there indie movies that first attracted attention at the South by Southwest festival. Since then they’ve made films like Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives at Home with well-known actors, using the same improv techniques that built their reputation. Fortunately, their micro-budget movie The Do-Deca-Pentathlon, which they shot a few years ago, is finally opening in theaters.

JULY 4th PINUPS

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 4, 2012 2:08 AM
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Once again, let us thank those Hollywood studio publicists who kept their contract starlets busy posing for silly holiday-themed photos in the 1920s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. If not for them we couldn’t enjoy a timely gallery like this one, which screams of patriotic fervor. (OK, maybe not…but the photos are still fun to see.)
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Andy Griffith: An Underrated Actor

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 3, 2012 6:04 PM
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If Andy Griffith had left show business after creating the role of Will Stockdale in No Time for Sergeants, on stage and screen, and “Lonesome” Rhodes in A Face in the Crowd, he would have earned his stripes, before gaining TV immortality as Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show. Instead, all most people are thinking and talking about today, upon hearing of his death at age 86, is that indelible half-hour TV series set in Mayberry, U.S.A. and patterned after Griffith’s real-life home town of Mount Airy, North Carolina.

The Amazing Spider-Man—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 3, 2012 2:26 PM
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There’s nothing inherently wrong with 'The Amazing Spider-Man', but in the immortal words of Yogi Berra, it’s déjà vu all over again. By retelling the origin story of Peter Parker so soon after Sam Raimi’s 2002 smash hit, starring Tobey Maguire, the new filmmaking team, led by director Marc Webb, not only invites direct comparison with the earlier picture and its sequels but makes it impossible to avoid.

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