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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Invictus

    Invictus doesn’t have the element of surprise in its favor, but the story it tells is solid, interesting, and (yes) inspiring. Would that the world had more leaders as wise as Nelson Mandela, who recognized that despite his election to the Presidency of South Africa in 1995, there was still dissension and hostility throughout the land. How he goaded his national rugby team to push itself toward greatness, and how that...

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    Best of the Decade #15

    In a decade when American studios seemed to discontinue serious dramas, or cynically relegate them to their independent divisions, one of the most poignant and heartrending stories of family came from a filmmaker blindly decried as a purveyor of dollhouse quirk and precocity. While wavelets of European and Asian filmmakers continued to respond to Hollywood with various counter-aesthetics of long takes, temps mort, and empirical narratives, Wes Anderson lavished attention on the individuality of his characters and their surroundings with the elaborate production design of an old Hollywood musical and the connoisseurship of a subsequent admiring French New Waver (plus the camera-angle tendencies of a Joseph Cornell box).

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood & Morgan Freeman Dish On New Movie

    I sat down with Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman and director Clint Eastwood who are promoting their new film, 'Invictus.' Clearly, as you'll see in the interview, these three film artists are proud of what they've produced. What's more, they enjoyed and appreciated working with one another.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Red Cliff

    John Woo built his reputation by creating visceral Hong Kong action films that made their Hollywood counterparts seem tame and old-fashioned. In Red Cliff he emulates epic historical dramas like Spartacus and once again reveals his mastery of cinematic storytelling, while raising the bar for...

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Grauman's Chinese Theater update:

    After posting my story (see Big Shoes to Fill - In the Rain) about hosting Robert Downey, Jr.’s hand-and-footprint ceremony I got a nice note from Stacey Behlmer, who (as Stacey Endres, then unmarried) co-wrote the definitive book on the history of the theater, Hollywood at Your Feet. She had a few notes and corrections to pass along: “I can't vouch for the ceremonies that took place after [our book] was published, but it did rain on a couple of the earlier ceremonies: James Mason was one and the Anne Baxter/Gregory Peck dual ceremony was another. Baxter actually drew an umbrella, a heart, and the sun in the cement and inscribed something about DEAR SID RAIN OR SHINE I LOVE YOU.”

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Gibson To Direct DiCaprio in Viking Adventure

    Mel Gibson may direct Leonardo DiCaprio in a Viking adventure, reports Variety. The Departed scripter William Monahan will write for producer Graham King. I like this combo. Gibson will get down and dirty with this, as he did with The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto. He's a gifted director.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Year End Film Book Survey - 2009

    I love reading film books but I simply can't keep up with all the new titles that come over the transom...so, with holiday gift-giving in mind, I have compiled this annotated listing based on my first impressions of these recent releases, including a few that haven't gotten the attention they deserve. I haven't bothered to list anything that doesn't seem worthwhile. If you click on the book covers or titles, you'll be taken directly to their purchase page at Amazon.com.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Up in the Air

    Up in the Air is the best film I’ve seen all year. Frankly, that isn’t much of a compliment, so let me be clearer: this is mainstream moviemaking at its best. It’s entertaining, first and foremost, but it’s also thoughtful, timely, and provocative. The film has been...

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    decade daily: R

    And today, looking at the films of the past decade one letter at a time, the letter 'R'.

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