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dvd review: Back To The 1950s

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 7, 2011 4:32 AM
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  • 5 Comments
When I was growing up in the 1950s and 60s, the last thing I wanted to see was a “serious” movie. I eagerly awaited each new Jerry Lewis comedy and Walt Disney release, and when the newly-reconstituted Three Stooges started making feature films I was first in line to see them. I sure wasn’t interested in Peyton Place or Suddenly, Last Summer! As a result, I’ve spent much of my adult life as a film buff catching up with movies of that period. I put off seeing some titles because I refused to watch widescreen films if they were panned and scanned on television, and waited for a big-screen revival.

movie review: Larry Crowne

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 1, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 7 Comments

movie review: Terri

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 1, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 0 Comments
John C. Reilly’s presence in a movie is almost a guarantee that you’re going to see something interesting. He has good taste and is willing to challenge himself, even if the films are modest in scale. One could scarcely find a movie more modest than Terri, but it’s extremely well-wrought and offers Reilly a plum part.

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 29, 2011 6:00 AM
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  • 41 Comments
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movie review: CARS 2

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 24, 2011 4:34 AM
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  • 22 Comments
I have such high regard for Pixar and its creative team, led by John Lasseter, that it actually hurts to knock one of their movies—something I’ve never done before. But then, I’ve never gotten a headache watching any of their previous films. Despite

movie review: Bad Teacher

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 24, 2011 4:25 AM
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  • 12 Comments
I’ve always liked Cameron Diaz, who brings a spark to every part she plays, but she’s only as good as her material, and Bad Teacher is bad news for her and her fans. I was wary going in, as I tend to be whenever a Hollywood movie announces through its advertising how “outrageous” it’s going to be. The only outrageous thing about Bad Teacher is that director Jake Kasdan and two writers who earned an Emmy nomination for television’s The Office (Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg) could turn out such an obvious, heavy-handed, unfunny comedy.

movie review: A Better Life

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 24, 2011 4:20 AM
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A Better Life has more to offer than good intentions: it’s sincere and credible, which is more than I can say about an awful lot of movies. Yet something about it kept me at arm’s length: I felt the filmmakers’ presence instead of losing myself in the story. Is that because, like director Chris Weitz, I am not part of the world he’s depicting but an outsider looking in? Or is it because the trajectory of this melancholy film is so predictable?

movie review: BUCK

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 23, 2011 4:30 AM
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Some years ago, Robert Redford made an excellent movie called The Horse Whisperer, based on Nicholas Evans’ novel. It turns out that a horseman named

book review: A Disney Book You Don't Know About...And Others You Should

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 21, 2011 4:35 AM
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movie review: Page One: Inside The New York Times

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 18, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 6 Comments
If you’re expecting a prosaic documentary spotlighting a group of editors in ties sitting around a conference table, debating what’s worth putting on the front page of the country’s leading newspaper, you’re in for a surprise. Andrew Rossi’s vibrant film hones in on a handful of colorful figures on the Times staff in order to personalize the story and give it focus. By profiling them and their work he provides a razor-sharp picture of how a story is generated, reported, edited, and showcased in print.

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