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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.

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.)

Raymond Scott Back On The Big Screen

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 12, 2012 1:00 AM
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If you grew up watching Warner Bros. cartoons, you know the music of Raymond Scott, even if his name isn’t familiar. He was an innovative musician and composer whose propulsive, syncopated piece “Powerhouse” was adopted by Warner’s music director Carl Stalling as a recurring theme in his Looney Tunes scores.

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.

Safety Not Guaranteed—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 8, 2012 2:00 AM
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How do you take a wacky premise and make it believable enough to sustain a feature-length film? What’s more, how do you incorporate a science-fiction element in a low-budget indie production? For answers, see the engaging new comedy 'Safety Not Guaranteed', which won newcomer Derek Connolly the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. If you like low-key, offbeat comedies, consider it a must-see.

John Wayne—But Not In 3-D

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 5, 2012 10:36 AM
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John Wayne’s 'Hondo' might have been the first major studio picture from the 3-D era of the 1950s to come to home video, but today’s welcome Blu-ray release from Paramount is in conventional 2-D. Too bad. Paramount trumpets the fact that it’s in widescreen for the first time, which is true.

The Pirates! Band Of Misfits—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 27, 2012 12:56 AM
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I’m a sucker for Aardman Animations’ films, and have been ever since I first set eyes on Nick Park’s unforgettable short 'Creature Comforts' more than twenty years ago.

Under The Radar: A Kiwi Western And A Jazz Doc

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 23, 2012 3:21 PM
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Some movies open “wide,” on thousands of screens; others play in just a handful of theaters. And some films, lacking promotion or advertising budgets, simply materialize, with the hope that people will discover them On Demand, or cable, or DVD, like a sleeper from New Zealand I was lucky enough to see on the big screen at the 2011 Santa Barbara Film Festival.

Monsieur Lazhar—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 13, 2012 12:55 AM
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The hype-meisters of moviedom have made it difficult to use words like “heartwarming” and “inspiring” without sounding like a huckster…but when you see a film as moving and well-wrought as 'Monsieur Lazhar', it’s hard to resist. Yet what I admire most about the picture, which was an Oscar nominee this year as Best Foreign Language Film, is its restraint.

A Capra Classic Made Whole

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 2, 2012 1:00 AM
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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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