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Hugo—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 23, 2011 7:42 AM
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  • 15 Comments
Leave it to Martin Scorsese to use 3-D not as a gimmick, but as a means of drawing us into a unique and magical environment. Other films may boast of flashy special effects, but Scorsese has created a world of wonder—which is much more unusual—in his elaborate adaptation of Brian Selznick’s illustrated book The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Everything Old Is New Again—In 3D

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 12, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 6 Comments
If you’re in New York City any time over the next two weeks and you’ve never seen “old-school” Hollywood 3D, make a beeline for Film Forum on Houston Street. Forget the untruths and distortions you’ve read about how primitive the process was in the 1950s and judge for yourself. You’ll have a great time, even if most of the movies aren’t great…and you won’t be wearing red-green glasses: that’s just one of the myths that’s been perpetuated by an ignorant press while touting new digital 3D.

film review: 3D Worth Paying to See: Step Up 3D

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 6, 2010 4:00 AM
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As a longtime 3D fan, I’ve been puzzled and discouraged to hear more than one director refer to “subtle use of 3D” in their films. Excuse me? I may be wrong, but I don’t think “subtle” and “3D” belong in the same sentence. The whole point of 3D is to provide an enhanced movie-watching experience. At its best, it can be a lot of fun—whether it’s Charles Bronson leaping out of the dark to pounce on Phyllis Kirk in House of Wax or a winged creature taking flight in How to Train Your Dragon.

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

3 Times The Fun (2003)

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 1, 2010 9:36 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Now that my eyes have uncrossed, I can tell you about the incredible experience of attending The World 3-D Film Expo this past month at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
More: Journal, 3-D

Three Times The Fun (2006)

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 1, 2010 9:27 AM
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  • 0 Comments
Remember when it was fun to go to the movies? That feeling of enthusiasm, bordering on sheer abandon, that’s largely disappeared from the moviegoing experience was recaptured at World 3-D Film Expo II at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood this month.
More: Journal, 3-D

Hondo In 3-D at the Academy

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 1, 2008 7:37 AM
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Earlier this week, I was honored to be asked to host a screening of 'Hondo' (1953) at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Hondo is one of the few major films of its time that couldn’t be shown at the World 3-D Film Festival in recent years, so hardly anyone has seen it projected in 3-D since its original release.

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