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CALL THE MIDWIFE – Season One

  • By Alice Maltin
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  • January 15, 2013 1:00 AM
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Guest column by Alice Maltin - I watched the first episode several months ago. Screaming women giving birth in squalid conditions in the poorest part of London was not my cup of tea. Looking for a pleasant escape, I turned off the DVD. Then, on a rainy Sunday afternoon with nothing to do, I watched an episode…and then another. I couldn’t stop.

MIDSOMER MURDERS – DVD review

  • By Alice Maltin
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  • January 3, 2013 1:00 AM
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When actor John Nettles decided to hang up his badge as Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby and walk into the sunset (or wherever they told us he was going), that ended one of TVs most enjoyable British murder mystery series. Then they had the audacity to return with Neil Dudgeon as DCI John Barnaby—Tom’s cousin! I wished they hadn’t done that…but they did, and you know what? He’s really good.

MEL BROOKS, BUSTER KEATON, THE 3 STOOGES AND MORE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 18, 2012 1:00 AM
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The goodies just keep piling up—for gift-giving or adding to your own library. I was delighted to contribute an essay about Mel Brooks’ career to Shout! Factory’s multi-disc set 'The Incredible Mel Brooks', but there is so much material in this collection I still haven’t gotten through it all. That’s OK with me because I can’t get enough of Brooks,

A Mixed Blessing For Kubrick Fans

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 23, 2012 2:44 PM
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The good news is that Kino has just released Stanley Kubrick’s rarely-screened feature-film debut 'Fear and Desire' (1953) on DVD and Blu-ray, mastered from a 35mm print that was recently restored by the Library of Congress.

Cinerama Comes Home

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 25, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 6 Comments
I was too young to see 'This is Cinerama' when it debuted in 1952 and became one of the box-office sensations of the year. Decades later I traveled to Dayton, Ohio to see it in its original three-screen presentation, but now, to my astonishment, anyone can experience the film at home on Blu-ray and DVD!

The Crimson Petal And The White

  • By Alice Maltin
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  • September 23, 2012 1:00 AM
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I grabbed this two-disc set from Acorn when it arrived because I’m a sucker for anything English and Victorian. As usual, I’m late to the fair because it’s been showing on Encore and I should have gotten my review in last week.  Please don’t tell anyone. (At least I’m in time for the DVD release.)

Margaret—DVD review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 10, 2012 2:18 AM
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I’m a latecomer to Kenneth Lonergan’s 'Margaret', having missed its brief appearance in theaters last year (after a five-to-six year delay) but it’s not too late for me to sing its praises. It has its flaws, but I defy you to find a more intelligent or impassioned American film this year.

Rock Of Ages—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 22, 2012 1:00 AM
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It’s easy to see how 'Rock of Ages' became a crowd-pleaser on Broadway, where audiences got caught up in the energy of 80s hit songs performed live. The film adaptation (credited, astonishingly, to three screenwriters, including the show’s creator Chris D’Arenzio) is a dreary collection of clichés and caricatures that doesn’t have one ounce of honest emotion in its elongated 123 minutes.

A Capra Classic Made Whole

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 2, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 6 Comments
A year before 'It Happened One Night' famously swept the Oscars, Frank Capra and screenwriter Robert Riskin made 'Lady for a Day', which earned four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture—but because it was withheld from TV and 16mm distribution for years, it never attained the widespread awareness and residual affection that other Capra classics have always enjoyed.

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