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Sleepwalk With Me—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 31, 2012 1:18 PM
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'Sleepwalk With Me' is a remarkably assured directorial debut for comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia, based on a stage monologue about his journey of self-discovery as a performer and the challenge of dealing with a rare sleep disorder.

For A Good Time, Call…

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 31, 2012 1:00 AM
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If you’ve seen the previews for this film, you already know what it’s about. I had the advantage of not knowing anything when I saw it a few weeks ago, which made it all the more enjoyable.

Kapralik: Movie Artist Supreme

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 30, 2012 1:10 AM
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Little has been written in recent years about Jacques Kapralik, one of the most distinctive artists ever to lend his talent to movie posters, main titles, and promotional work…until now.

Lawless—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 29, 2012 1:10 AM
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When a movie has as much going for it as this one, it’s discouraging when it doesn’t deliver on its promise. Yet 'Lawless' pulls the magician’s trick of distraction, offering enough superficial entertainment value—with atmospheric use of locations, charismatic actors, and spurts of shocking violence—to divert attention from its faults.

New And Notable Film Books

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 27, 2012 2:04 AM
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Books continue coming in at a faster pace than I can possibly keep up with and it’s been a while since I did a survey. Here are some of the recent titles that pique my interest. Remember, these are not critiques, but descriptions based on a quick once-over. I hope to print full-fledged reviews, on a few more, in the weeks ahead.

Premium Rush—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 24, 2012 1:31 AM
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I don’t know how a film this entertaining and expertly-made can show up the last week of summer, but I’m not complaining. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whose fine work in indie films like 'The Lookout' went ignored by most moviegoers, has finally achieved stardom, and this flashy tale of a bicycle messenger who follows his own playbook is an excellent vehicle for his talents—no pun intended.

Hit & Run—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 24, 2012 1:29 AM
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Dax Shepard has modeled his new film 'Hit & Run'—which he wrote, co-directed, and stars in—after his youthful favorite, 'Smokey and the Bandit'. Like Burt Reynolds, he persuaded a bunch of his friends to join him in making a lighthearted car-chase movie with elements of comedy and romance.

Robot & Frank—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 24, 2012 1:29 AM
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Frank Langella’s presence would be enough to pique my interest in any film. 'Robot & Frank' offers him a modest starring vehicle with a science-fiction spin, and the result is one of the most enjoyable indie films of the year.

Remembering Phyllis Diller

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 22, 2012 7:17 PM
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By now you’ve probably seen obituaries and tributes to comedienne Phyllis Diller. I want to share a personal memory that speaks to one facet of her personality you may not have read about: her kindness. Many years ago I appeared on a handful of TV game shows, just for a lark. When I taped a week’s worth of 'Password Plus', Phyllis was the other celebrity guest.

A Shiny New 'Copper' From BBC America

  • By Darwyn Carson
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  • August 18, 2012 11:28 PM
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Here’s the bulletin: A tough new detective, circa 1864, is coming to our airwaves. Tom Weston-Jones stars in BBC America’s, primetime original drama 'Copper', premiering Sunday, August 19th. Set your DVR’s for 10pm. Do it now. There are ten episodes and you won’t want to miss any one of them.

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