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Wanderlust—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 24, 2012 2:42 PM
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  • 3 Comments
If you’re a fan of the comedy generated by The State and 'Stella’s' David Wain, Ken Marino, and their performer pals, you’ll either be the perfect audience for 'Wanderlust' or you may find the humor overly familiar. I am not a diehard fan, and I found the film mildly amusing.

The Secret World Of Arrietty—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 17, 2012 12:55 AM
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  • 5 Comments
We’ve come to expect so much from Japan’s Studio Ghibli—especially the films directed by Hayao Miyazaki like 'Spirited Away' and 'Howl’s Moving Castle'—

Bullhead—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 17, 2012 12:50 AM
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  • 3 Comments
If I were to sum up my feelings about this film in two words, they would be “grimly fascinating.” Bullhead is the dark horse in this year’s Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film, a sleeper from Belgium that has won acclaim around the world. Part of the response comes from the excitement of discovery: an unknown writer-director making his feature debut, and creating a gritty crime story (with strong emotional currents) set against an unlikely backdrop.

More Woody Allen

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 15, 2012 2:44 PM
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If you missed Robert B. Weide’s two-part American Masters profile of Woody Allen that aired last November on PBS, it’s just been released on DVD—by Docurama—with bonus material that wasn’t seen on TV. Weide, whose earlier documentaries have dealt with W.C. Fields, The Marx Brothers, Mort Sahl, and Lenny Bruce, sufficiently impressed Allen that the notoriously private writer-director-author-comedian gave him virtual carte blanche to film him at work and interview him at length about his life and career. I doubt that anyone will ever have such access again, or be able to win Woody’s confidence to this degree.

Wartime Britain – Three Complete Dramas on DVD

  • By Alice Maltin
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  • February 6, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Stories inspired by real-life events of World War Two continue to inspire dramatists and filmmakers, especially in the UK…and I never tire of watching them. Here are three solid examples recently released as a boxed DVD set by Acorn Media.

‘Wings’ Takes Flight—On DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 25, 2012 2:51 PM
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  • 22 Comments
While it’s fitting that Paramount Pictures should unveil its masterful restoration of Wings on the studio’s 100th birthday, it’s a shame we had to wait this long. It is, in fact, the last Academy Award-winning Best Picture to be released on DVD and Blu-ray—an unintended irony, since it was the first film to receive that honor. (Fox’s Cavalcade was the other longtime holdout, and even now it can only be obtained as part of a big, expensive Fox tribute package.)

Haywire—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 20, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 12 Comments
In the old days a film like this would have been called a “programmer” and fulfilled its modest ambitions as the second feature on a double bill. Alas, we don’t have double features or programmers anymore; every movie carries weight, and expectations, with it. Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire has all the trappings of an “A” movie, including a big-name cast and impressive international locations, but it never rises above the level of a “B.”

The Last Detective and The Commander On DVD (Acorn Media)

  • By Darwyn Carson
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  • December 29, 2011 2:05 AM
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Guest review by Darwyn Carson - Right off, I admit there's a soft spot in my heart for British-produced mysteries and dramas. 'The Last Detective' is right at the top of my fav's list. This lighthearted BBC TV-fare, based on the 'Dangerous Davies' novels by Leslie Thomas, escaped my attention until last year after Acorn released season four on DVD. I watched it all one weekend and wanted

War Horse—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 23, 2011 6:17 AM
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  • 23 Comments
I don’t like pigeonholing films, and I’ve never been fond of the term “chick flick,” but I’d be less than candid if I didn’t tell you that several women I know and respect (including my wife) were moved to tears by 'War Horse', while I was lukewarm about it. Normally, I’m a sucker for this kind of picture, which has a great deal of sentiment built into it—but I found its execution too blatant and—if I’m not making a pun—on-the-nose.

From Curly To Cobra Woman, On DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 11, 2011 8:14 PM
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  • 12 Comments
While news articles report the decline of the once-robust DVD market, film buffs and collectors have occasion to rejoice. More rare, obscure, and once-unattainable titles are being released now than ever before, from the camp classic 'Cobra Woman' with Maria Montez to Larry Cohen’s 'The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover', not to mention 'Wings' (at last).

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