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movie review: Arthur

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 8, 2011 4:00 AM
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  • 2 Comments
How you react to Arthur will largely depend on your expectations. If you’ve never seen, or heard of, the 1981 movie Arthur you might find the new movie of the same name fairly entertaining. But if you have fond memories of the original, written and directed by Steve Gordon, you’ll know the truth: this occasionally amusing film can’t compare to the original, which was flat-out hilarious, with plum parts for Dudley Moore, as a childlike billionaire, and John Gielgud, as his long-suffering valet and caretaker. The best part of the new movie is the inspired casting of Russell Brand and Helen Mirren in the leading roles.

Animation: Private Snafu And Bill Plympton

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 5, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 4 Comments
DVD and Book Review

movie review: Source Code

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 2, 2011 1:13 AM
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  • 8 Comments
Source Code is perfectly agreeable entertainment, so long as you don’t ask too much of it. It has an intriguing science-fiction premise that hints at deeper issues but, in truth, the movie doesn’t want to disturb us or make us think too much.

New And Notable Film Books

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 21, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 4 Comments
BOOK REVIEW

movie review: The Lincoln Lawyer

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 18, 2011 4:15 AM
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  • 6 Comments
'The Lincoln Lawyer' is a well-crafted, well-cast adaptation of Michael Connelly’s best-selling novel, shot on interesting Los Angeles locations. It’s a crime thriller with whodunit overtones, and there are twists right to the very end. So why isn’t it better?

movie review: The Adjustment Bureau

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 4, 2011 5:05 AM
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  • 6 Comments
I’m a sucker for movies about fate, destiny, and heavenly intervention—going all the way back to On Borrowed Time and Here Comes Mr. Jordan up through Ghost Town with Ricky Gervais—so I was more than willing to accept the premise of The Adjustment Bureau, based on Philip K. Dick’s short story. In this case, the buttoned-down business types played by Anthony Mackie and John Slattery are here on earth to make sure things go “according to plan.” So when hotshot politician Matt Damon chances to meet Emily Blunt and falls in love at first sight, they’re forced to—

movie review: Of Gods And Men

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 4, 2011 5:02 AM
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  • 5 Comments

5,000 Fingers…And More

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 26, 2011 5:30 AM
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  • 1 Comment

film review: No Strings Attached

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 21, 2011 5:00 AM
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  • 0 Comments

Animation Marvels—In Print And On DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 10, 2011 5:00 AM
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  • 1 Comment
A spectacular new book about Ray Harryhausen is cause for celebration—but more about that later. The estimable Mr. H was inspired to pursue his art, and craft, by the films he saw as a boy, especially The Lost World (1925) and King Kong (1933). But the man who created the stunning animation in those films, Willis O’Brien, wasn’t the only person experimenting with the wonders of stop-motion. Steve Stanchfield, Stewart McKissick and Ken Priebe at Thunderbean Animation have compiled a dizzying DVD collection of rare short subjects appropriately titled Stop-Motion Marvels! and it’s a must for anyone interested in this field.

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