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Christmas Movie Talk

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 22, 2013 3:19 PM
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  • 13 Comments
Earlier this week I chatted about holiday films with my friend and colleague Alonso Duralde, author of the book "Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas."

The Past

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 21, 2013 1:57 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Writer-director Asghar Farhad works so well with his actors that everything seems genuine and naturalistic, even the scenes involving young children.

Still More New And Notable Film Books

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 19, 2013 4:40 PM
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  • 2 Comments
Who would have thought that someone who has never written a book before could bring an unsung actress of the past to life so vividly? Through diligent research and serendipitous access to Dvorak’s journals and letters, Rice does just that.

her

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 18, 2013 11:59 PM
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  • 3 Comments
Spike Jonze is so smart, and his new film so ingenious and relevant, that I wish I liked it more. I was completely captivated at first but after a while I became impatient.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 18, 2013 12:00 AM
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  • 2 Comments
At a time when so many comedies try to push the boundary lines of raunchiness as far as they can, this one deals in another, much rarer, commodity: sheer silliness.

Stars We Won’t Forget

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 17, 2013 4:30 AM
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  • 7 Comments
Every time a veteran actor or actress dies, I find myself reviewing memories of particular films or memorable scenes in which they appeared. Each loss is like a psychic wound, because someone who was part of my moviegoing life is gone.

Getting Ready For Christmas In Hollywood

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 16, 2013 11:01 AM
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It’s time again to share some of my favorite publicity photos from the golden age of Hollywood: a bygone era 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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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 13, 2013 12:05 AM
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  • 4 Comments
The hand-to-hand combat that fills the movie is seamlessly integrated into a make-believe world created by the magicians at Jackson’s WETA workshop. (Photo by Mark Pokorny)

Saving Mr. Banks

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 13, 2013 12:03 AM
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  • 3 Comments
A charming and heartwarming piece of entertainment, highlighted by a handful of superior performances. (Photo by François Duhamel - Courtesy of Disney Ent. LLC)

American Hustle

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 13, 2013 12:00 AM
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  • 9 Comments
On the plus side of the ledger, Russell enables his cast to inhabit some colorful, downright transformative, characters. (Photo by Francois Duhamel)

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