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‘To Be Or Not To Be’ Is Better Than Ever

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 30, 2013 12:01 AM
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When Ernst Lubitsch’s "To Be Or Not To Be" opened in the spring of 1942, just months after America went to war, it was repudiated and even reviled by many critics who thought it was in poor taste to juxtapose comedy against the backdrop of Poland’s invasion by the Nazis.

There’s No Business Like…

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 28, 2013 3:29 PM
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Last Friday, I witnessed one of the greatest nightclub performances I’ve ever seen when singer Marilyn Maye took the stage at Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles.

Orson Welles, Lifelong Friend

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 26, 2013 2:18 PM
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Various people have bid fair to become Orson Welles’ ultimate Boswell, so when three of them agree on the value of a new book, it’s well worth noting.

The World’s End

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 23, 2013 12:05 AM
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Just when you think you’re about to ingest another saga of a man-child who can’t face adult responsibility, "The World’s End" takes a spectacular leap into the Weird...

Short Term 12

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 23, 2013 12:02 AM
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With a jury prize at Sundance and audience awards at South by Southwest and the L.A. Film Festival, "Short Term 12" stands out.

The Grandmaster

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 23, 2013 12:00 AM
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While I admired much of "The Grandmaster," I felt somewhat removed—not the first time I’ve responded that way to Wong Kar Wai’s pictures.

Save The Drive-Ins!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 19, 2013 12:32 AM
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A friend just sent me a link to a website touting a promotion by Honda to help save America’s remaining drive-in movie theaters. How? By raising money to purchase digital projectors so they can stay in business.
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The Patience Stone

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 17, 2013 4:30 AM
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We’ve seen many facets of life in war-torn Middle Eastern countries, but none quite like the intimate depiction of a young woman’s existence in "The Patience Stone."

Lee Daniels' The Butler

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 16, 2013 12:23 PM
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  • 7 Comments
The finely-tuned performances by Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey seal the deal, enriching the movie beyond the mere words in Danny Strong’s wide-ranging screenplay.

Austenland

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 16, 2013 4:41 AM
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Everything about "Austenland" is heavy-handed, to put it mildly…even amateurish at times...

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