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Looper—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 28, 2012 12:59 AM
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  • 7 Comments
'Looper' is a rare example of ingenious science-fiction storytelling where the fundamental concepts are so intriguing that their stylish execution feels like gravy.

Pitch Perfect—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 28, 2012 12:45 AM
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  • 3 Comments
It may not break any new ground, but 'Pitch Perfect' provides lively entertainment in the hitherto unexplored world of collegiate a cappella choirs.

Sam Fuller Rides Again

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 27, 2012 8:18 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Few writer-directors in the history of American cinema fit the definition of “maverick” better than the late Samuel Fuller. Brash and bold, he used his experiences as a newsboy, reporter, and infantryman to inform his best movies, from 'Park Row' and 'The Steel Helmet' to 'The Big Red One'.

“KING OF MARVIN GARDENS” Returns

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 27, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 3 Comments
As the New York Film Festival prepares to celebrate its 50th year, I am reminded of screenings I attended (of movies old and new) when I was a teenager. In 1965 I was present for a Buster Keaton tribute that included his inscrutable Samuel Beckett short 'Film',

Cinerama Comes Home

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 25, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 6 Comments
I was too young to see 'This is Cinerama' when it debuted in 1952 and became one of the box-office sensations of the year. Decades later I traveled to Dayton, Ohio to see it in its original three-screen presentation, but now, to my astonishment, anyone can experience the film at home on Blu-ray and DVD!

Captain America And Me

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 24, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 3 Comments
It’s been a while since I paid a visit to the live taping of Doug Benson’s popular podcast 'Doug Loves Movies', so I did just that last week and found myself on a panel with Chris Evans (Captain America himself) and Adam Scott (of 'Parks and Recreation').

The Crimson Petal And The White

  • By Alice Maltin
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  • September 23, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 4 Comments
I grabbed this two-disc set from Acorn when it arrived because I’m a sucker for anything English and Victorian. As usual, I’m late to the fair because it’s been showing on Encore and I should have gotten my review in last week.  Please don’t tell anyone. (At least I’m in time for the DVD release.)

Trouble With The Curve—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 21, 2012 1:06 AM
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  • 2 Comments
There’s no reason 'Trouble with the Curve' should play as well as it does; it’s formulaic and utterly predictable. But it flows so well, and the cast is so likable, that it’s hard to resist.

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 21, 2012 1:02 AM
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  • 1 Comment
It’s rare that a novelist gets the chance to adapt his own best-selling book and direct it as well. Stephen Chbosky waited more than a decade to get that opportunity, but it’s paid off for him in 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'.

End Of Watch—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 21, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 11 Comments
David Ayer grew up in the volatile neighborhood of South Central L.A. and has mined his experiences in such films as 'Training Day' and 'Harsh Times.' He has a particular fascination with the L.A.P.D., but 'End of Watch,' which he wrote and directed, isn’t simply more of the same.

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