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Anna Karenina

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 16, 2012 12:55 AM
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  • 4 Comments
I suppose that scholars might dismiss the 1935 MGM production of 'Anna Karenina' starring Greta Garbo as superficial, yet that film lingers in my memory, even though I haven’t seen it in years…whereas I couldn't wait for this new version to end.

Thanks, Mom

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 14, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 43 Comments
My mother, Jacqueline Maltin, died last Friday—peacefully, in her home, at the age of 89. As I try to deal with this, my mind is flooded with memories. It’s often said that we don’t get to choose our parents; I guess I just lucked out.
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Skyfall

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 9, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 7 Comments
Not to mince words, 'Skyfall' is a knockout—the best James Bond movie in years. Its canny blend of ingredients is sure to entertain any audience but I think Bond enthusiasts will relish it most, as it draws on our familiarity with the series’ many touchstones.

Lincoln

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 9, 2012 12:55 AM
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  • 13 Comments
Steven Spielberg’s 'Lincoln' is everything a film about that towering figure ought to be: majestic yet intimate, respectful but not worshipful. It manages to humanize a historical figure without diminishing him in any way, thanks to the director’s sure hand, a superior screenplay by playwright Tony Kushner...

A Royal Affair

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 9, 2012 12:50 AM
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'A Royal Affair' dramatizes a chapter of 17th century history that is known to every schoolchild in Denmark—but was new to me. The fact that its compelling, and surprisingly contemporary, story is true makes it all the more interesting.

W.C. Fields—In Africa

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 7, 2012 10:52 AM
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  • 8 Comments
I don’t know how many young people are aware of the great W.C. Fields, but they ought to be. Two years ago, Zach Galifianakis wrote on his MySpace page, “Influences – my family, my friends and wc fields…” Contemporary comedy guru Judd Apatow has said, “W.C. Fields is the funniest guy of everybody, ever.” When Conan O’Brien was asked by James Lipton, “Who makes you laugh?” he replied, “W.C. Fields I think is maybe the funniest man that ever lived.”

The Two Faces Of Wallander

  • By Alice Maltin
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  • November 6, 2012 1:00 AM
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Guest column by Alice Maltin: I’ve been lost in the world of Henning Mankell’s 'Wallander' because I’m viewing the British adaptation on TV while simultaneously following the Swedish series on DVD. This is causing some confusion for me. Is that woman the killer or is it the handyman?

Wreck-It Ralph

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 2, 2012 1:05 AM
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I’m always rooting for a new Disney animated feature, and 'Wreck-It Ralph' gave me a lot to cheer for: a fresh concept and clever execution to match it. Animation veteran (but studio newcomer) Rich Moore has directed this feature with a sharp eye, but winning over both hearts and minds is a tall order, and that’s where the film falls a bit short.

Flight

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 2, 2012 1:00 AM
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'Flight' marks the second time director Robert Zemeckis has given us the vicarious experience of being on an airplane headed for disaster, the first being 'Cast Away.' It’s superior moviemaking, and powerfully emotional, but despite that hair-raising first act, 'Flight' is neither an action film nor a special-effects showcase: it’s a portrait of addiction.

A Late Quartet

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 2, 2012 12:56 AM
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Philip Seymour Hoffman is considered a leading contender for an Oscar nomination this year for his performance in' The Master'. But he’s also appearing in a modest film that shows him and costars Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, and Mark Ivanir at their best:' A Late Quartet'.

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