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REMEMBERING HARRY CAREY, JR.

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 29, 2012 1:00 AM
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The last survivor of John Ford’s stock company has left us. Harry Carey, Jr. died peacefully, on the 27th, two days after Christmas at the age of 91. Everyone who was lucky enough to spend time with Carey—whose lifelong nickname was Dobe—basked in the glow of his wonderful stories.

DISCOVERING ANOTHER 'LES MISÉRABLES'

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 28, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 4 Comments
I grew up on the 1935 Hollywood version of 'Les Misérables' that starred Fredric March and Charles Laughton, and I still think of it fondly. I also like the Claude Lelouch film of 1995, a variation on Victor Hugo’s novel with Jean-Paul Belmondo in the leading role. But I just viewed an epic three-part French adaptation from 1934 that’s in a class by itself.

PROMISED LAND

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 26, 2012 9:19 PM
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  • 4 Comments
I give this movie’s costars and creators, Matt Damon and John Krasinski, credit for making a “message movie” as palatable and entertaining as 'Promised Land.'

DJANGO UNCHAINED

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 25, 2012 1:10 AM
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  • 11 Comments
If you had pulled me out of the theater one hour into Quentin Tarantino’s 'Django Unchained,' I would have raved. The first portion of the movie is utterly exuberant, full of life and the love of moviemaking.

LES MISÉRABLES

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 25, 2012 1:05 AM
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  • 32 Comments
As an ardent fan of the musical stage play 'Les Misérables' and its vibrant songs, I had high hopes for this elaborate screen adaptation.

CHRISTMAS CHEER, HOLLYWOOD STYLE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 24, 2012 1:00 AM
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It’s time again to share some of my favorite publicity photos from the golden age of Hollywood—and a bygone age of ballyhoo, when actresses under contract to the major studios were kept busy between film assignments shooting promotional stills for hungry newspapers and magazines around the world.
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THIS IS 40

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 21, 2012 1:00 AM
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Fearless, funny, sprawling, messy, vulgar and honest: those are just a few adjectives that describe Judd Apatow’s 'This Is 40'. The film earns its stripes as a raunchy, R-rated comedy even before the main title appears onscreen.

JACK REACHER

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 21, 2012 12:58 AM
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  • 7 Comments
'Jack Reacher' is ridiculous…and exciting…and funny…and cheesy. It’s also a great vehicle for Tom Cruise, even though readers of Lee Child’s best-selling novels are complaining that he doesn’t resemble the author’s description of that character.

THE IMPOSSIBLE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 21, 2012 12:57 AM
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  • 6 Comments
Unlike some films that have become critics’ darlings, 'The Impossible' has no pretensions. It isn’t edgy and I don’t think it has a hidden subtext. It’s just a beautifully told, enormously moving story of a family’s experiences during and after the 2004 tsunami...

ON THE ROAD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 21, 2012 12:56 AM
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  • 2 Comments
Few books have been as influential and enduring as Jack Kerouac’s 'On the Road', the voice of the beat generation, set in the late 1940s and early '50s.

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