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All That Glitters: Woman In Gold

7 hours ago

I’m not sure why so many critics have taken aim at this movie, but it deserves a better break than it has gotten so far. Woman in Gold tells its remarkable true story with skill and sincerity. Helen Mirren is perfect in the leading role of Maria Altmann, the Austrian refugee who sues her homeland for the return of Gustav Klimt paintings the Nazis took from her family at the outset of World War Two. The “woman in gold” in his famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I isn’t just a celebrated beauty: she was Altmann’s beloved aunt.  Ryan Reynolds is not the first actor who might come to mind to play her real-life lawyer, Randy Schoenberg (grandson of composer Arnold) but...

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- Leonard Maltin

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April 2015 Film Preview

18 hours ago

Summer blockbuster season is just around the corner, but there's no need to wait until then to see a great movie. April brings us a wide variety of women-centric projects, as well as quite a few films helmed and/or written by women. The month starts off with "Woman in Gold," starring Helen Mirren as a Jewish woman on a journey to recover her family's heirlooms, which was stolen by the Nazis. It's based on a true story, and Mirren roots the film with her powerful presence. "Closer to the Moon" is another WWII-era drama set for an April release, this one based on the crime capers of a group of Jewish resistance fighters a few years after the end of the war. "Marie's...

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From Buster Keaton To Shirley MacLaine: The TCM Classic Film Festival

31 March 2015 11:27 AM, PDT

I’m still recovering from the whirlwind that is the TCM Classic Film Festival. What a glorious event, attended by the most enthusiastic moviegoers in the world, run by a friendly staff, and filled to the brim with screenings, panels, interviews, and more. Because TCM stalwart Robert Osborne was recovering from a minor medical procedure and Ben Mankiewicz can’t be in two places at once, I had even more hosting duties than usual. My personal highlights were chatting with Christopher Plummer before a screening of The Man Who Would Be King, introducing a new restoration of Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr. with Carl Davis debuting his new orchestral score, and interviewing Shirley ...

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