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Phil Rosenthal On Exporting Raymond—an interview

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 9, 2011 4:30 AM
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One of the unexpected moviegoing treats of the year is Phil Rosenthal’s documentary Exporting Raymond, the saga of his experience traveling to Russia to try to help a local production team re-create his hit TV comedy Everybody Loves Raymond. It’s a disarming film that has more substance than you might expect; what’s more, it’s very, very funny. I interviewed Rosenthal about his movie on the occasion of its DVD release; take a look.

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 5, 2011 4:32 AM
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  • 10 Comments
A movie that opens as well as this one does—and draws you in so effectively—ought to have a finale that doesn’t remind you of cheesy monster movies from years past. On the other hand, the visual effects in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' are so astonishing that I have to cut the movie some slack.

DVD review: Forget The Film, Watch The Titles!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 25, 2011 4:30 AM
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I’ve always loved ingenious title sequences. Saul Bass, who created some of the greatest movie openings of all time (Vertigo, Psycho, North by Northwest, Walk on the Wild Side, That’s Entertainment, Part II and a handful of Martin Scorsese films, to name just a few), remains one of my heroes, along with Maurice Binder (who did those unforgettable James Bond titles) and Pablo Ferro (who once sent me a hand-inked note in the exact typeface he used for Dr. Strangelove!). In recent years such talented conceptualists as Kyle Cooper and the team at yU & Co. have generated graphic ideas as innovative as any of their predecessors.

Winnie The Pooh

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 15, 2011 4:16 AM
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  • 7 Comments
In an era of hyperactive, overly verbal 3-D animated entertainment, I hope there is still room for a film as sweet and gentle as Winnie the Pooh. At the screening I attended it seemed like the young adults in the audience were enjoying it even more than the kids, reliving their childhood memories of the “stubby little cubby” and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood.

movie review: Project Nim

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 8, 2011 12:34 PM
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If movies about talking cars or warlike robots don’t interest you, Project Nim is the latest documentary (following Buck) to offer a satisfying, adult alternative. It tells a story that is both stranger and more thought-provoking than most Hollywood fare.

dvd review: Back To The 1950s

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 7, 2011 4:32 AM
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  • 5 Comments
When I was growing up in the 1950s and 60s, the last thing I wanted to see was a “serious” movie. I eagerly awaited each new Jerry Lewis comedy and Walt Disney release, and when the newly-reconstituted Three Stooges started making feature films I was first in line to see them. I sure wasn’t interested in Peyton Place or Suddenly, Last Summer! As a result, I’ve spent much of my adult life as a film buff catching up with movies of that period. I put off seeing some titles because I refused to watch widescreen films if they were panned and scanned on television, and waited for a big-screen revival.

dvd review: Night Flight

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 7, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 3 Comments

Polishing 'The Ten Commandments'

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 21, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 6 Comments
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movie review: The Princess Of Montpensier

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 15, 2011 10:49 PM
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I love movies that transport me to a different time and place. Bertrand Tavernier has said that with this film his goal was to make a tale of 16th century France seem so vivid and immediate that there would be no distance between the viewer and the characters on screen. That’s no small feat, but he has accomplished it with style and grace, as you would expect from this humanistic and virtuosic director.

dvd watch: Classic Comedies...Imported!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 14, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 5 Comments
ZaSu Pitts and Thelma Todd, Hal Roach’s distaff comedy duo.

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