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Treasures Of The West—dvd review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 4, 2011 4:34 AM
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Preserving rare old films is crucial, but the National Film Preservation Foundation believes it’s just as important to bring them to the widest possible audience. That’s why its Treasures from American Film Archives series is so valuable. Treasures 5: The West gathers an exceptionally wide range of films from 1898 to 1938, including early documentaries, promotional shorts, home movies, newsreels, cowboy yarns, and Hollywood feature films. Together they give us a compelling look at how the real West was depicted in the early 20th century, and how the mythicized West captured the public’s imagination.

What’s Your Number?—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 30, 2011 4:40 AM
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  • 3 Comments

50/50—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 30, 2011 4:35 AM
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  • 4 Comments

Take Shelter—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 30, 2011 4:30 AM
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Take Shelter is a provocative original from writer-director Jeff Nichols, built on the foundation of a searing performance by Michael Shannon. It’s a film I respect, even though I found it very tough to sit through. That’s because Nichols creates a palpable sense of unease—which is exactly what he sets out to do.

The Little Movie That Could—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 29, 2011 4:39 AM
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  • 9 Comments
It isn’t often that I designate myself a movie’s advocate, but that’s how strongly I feel about an underdog release called Tucker and Dale vs Evil, which begins a limited theatrical engagement on Friday. (It’s already available On Demand, so check your local cable provider.) A film that played to cheering crowds at Sundance and South by Southwest over a year ago shouldn’t have had to wait this long to reach the public, but that’s the bittersweet story I just learned from its co-writer and director, Eli Craig.

Dolphin Tale—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 23, 2011 7:59 AM
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  • 7 Comments
Not all family films are created equal. This one was inspired by the remarkable real-life story of a dolphin named Winter who washed ashore in Florida, had to have its tail amputated, and taught itself to swim even without the appendage. As it turns out, that wasn’t the end of Winter’s challenges.

Moneyball—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 23, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 5 Comments

Restless—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 16, 2011 4:37 AM
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Restless is likeliest to appeal to young people who relate to the heightened emotions of its leading characters, a teenage girl and boy who share a budding relationship—and a fascination with death. That they are played by the wonderful Mia Wasikowska, looking like a young Mia Farrow or Jean Seberg, and promising newcomer Henry Hopper (Dennis Hopper’s son, in his film debut) helps a great deal.

Drive—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 16, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 106 Comments
Drive arrives with its credentials of cool all set: a hot star (Ryan Gosling) in the lead, a smart supporting cast, a Best Director prize from the Cannes Film Festival, and a stylish retro-noir look. These assets may hoodwink some audiences who don’t stop—or want to stop—to explore the emptiness of the movie or its incoherency.

My Kind Of Jazz

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 13, 2011 4:30 AM
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