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film review: The Karate Kid

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 11, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 3 Comments
In today’s risk-averse movie business, we’re seeing more remakes than ever, including retreads of films that don’t seem that old (to some of us). After a screening of the new Karate Kid I asked a couple of ten-year-old boys if they knew the 1984 movie, and they did, thanks to DVDs and cable TV reruns. Interestingly enough, neither one wanted to compare one version with the other: they like them both. I do, too.

Catching Up

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 26, 2010 5:14 AM
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  • 0 Comments
This is a momentous week for me: we’ve just finished the new edition of my annual paperback Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide—the 2011 Edition, to be specific. In this era of instant communication the process of writing, editing, and preparing a book seems quaint at best, and cumbersome at worst, but our book is still alive and well, and (I’m happy to say) has a healthy audience around the world. (I use the editorial “we” advisedly, since this has always been a team effort. Some of my collaborators have been working on this book for thirty years or more. If I didn’t have their input I’d be lost.)

dvd review: Stagecoach

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 24, 2010 6:56 AM
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  • 4 Comments
(Criterion Collection)

film review: Holy Rollers

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 21, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 2 Comments
A good movie starts with an idea. In the case of Holy Rollers, a news item about a drug bust involving Hasidic Jews from Brooklyn, New York inspired a novice producer to believe that this could be the springboard for a film…and he was right. Holy Rollers is a piece of fiction inspired by that factual incident. It’s modest in its ambitions but realizes them fully, in a deceptively simple, stragithforward film that’s both satisfying and thought-provoking.

The Original King of Comedy

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 19, 2010 3:59 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Book Review: MACK SENNETT’S FUN FACTORY by Brent E. Walker (McFarland)

film review: Iron Man 2

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 7, 2010 4:01 AM
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  • 13 Comments
The best thing I can say about Iron Man 2 is also the worst thing I can say about it: it’s a sequel. Kids will probably like it fine; there’s plenty of action and it’s easy to follow. But big-league comic-book movies want to appeal to adults as well as kids these days, and it’s not easy to serve both constituencies.

Romantic Comedy—French Style

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 22, 2010 5:21 AM
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  • 2 Comments

film review: Catching Up With Movies, Both New...

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 15, 2010 5:40 AM
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This is superior storytelling, with a definite point of view; there’s clearly a masterful hand at work behind the camera. And nobody portrays dread, or a sense of unease, quite like Polanski.

film review: Clash Of The Titans

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 2, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 6 Comments

Great Films You Can't Find on DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 24, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 9 Comments
With the long-awaited release of The African Queen on DVD this week, film buffs can check another prominent title off their want lists. That’s the good news…but there are still a surprising number of movies from every decade of the 20th century that aren’t commercially available.

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