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The Two Faces Of Wallander

  • By Alice Maltin
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  • November 6, 2012 1:00 AM
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Guest column by Alice Maltin: I’ve been lost in the world of Henning Mankell’s 'Wallander' because I’m viewing the British adaptation on TV while simultaneously following the Swedish series on DVD. This is causing some confusion for me. Is that woman the killer or is it the handyman?

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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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.)

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.

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.

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.

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