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Leonard Maltin and Grae Drake’s Fall Movie Preview Review: Watch it on Reelz

17 October 2014 6:00 PM, PDT

Leonard and Grae talk Fall Movies: The hot and the not so hot; what to see and what to skip. Watch them on Reelz through the month of October. Here's a clip. Find Showtimes below. | Leonard Maltin | Reelz Specials | Movie Trailer | Review Sunday 10/19 10:30am Et  /  7:30am Pt Sunday 10/19 10:30pm  Pt Monday 10/20 1:30am Et Saturday 10/25 1pm Et  /  10 am Pt Sunday 10/26 1 am Et  /  10 pm  Pt Only on Reelz. Be sure to check your local listings.

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Fury—Movie Review

16 October 2014 9:06 PM, PDT

Fury isn’t bad, but it promises more than it can deliver. Perhaps, if you’ve never seen a World War II movie, or any story about the roughhouse camaraderie of men in battle, you’ll be forgiving of its tropes. The battle scenes are intense and the characters well-drawn, if taken from a familiar Hollywood playbook. But writer-director David Ayer set out to show us a side of WWII we haven’t seen before and in that he has fallen short. As a throwback to 1940s storytelling, Fury does score points. Brad Pitt does a solid job as a smart, swaggering tank commander nicknamed Wardaddy who leads his crew into Germany in April of 1945, during the war’s final days. There is mortal danger at...

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Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)

16 October 2014 9:05 PM, PDT

Birdman is audacious, original, and bold. It’s also inscrutable, off-putting, and overlong. To be sure, there is much to admire in Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu’s mad jumble of a movie, which takes place in and around the St. James Theatre in Manhattan and unfolds as if it were one long, continuous take. This visual equivalent of an author’s stream-of-consciousness narration is impressive, and sometimes arresting, but it can also be exhausting. The same can be said of the protagonist, a wildly insecure actor named Riggan Thomson. (His peculiar moniker is emblematic of the film as a whole. Riggan?) Michael Keaton delivers a bravura performance as a once-successful...

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The Book Of Life—Movie Review

16 October 2014 9:04 PM, PDT

The Book of Life is one of the most unusual animated films I’ve ever seen; its characters and settings inspired by Mexican folk art and its story drawn from the mythology surrounding The Day of the Dead. Merging that concept with the rapid-punchline humor we’re accustomed to seeing in Hollywood cartoon features is unsettling at times, but kids probably won’t mind the mashup. What won me over was the striking look of the picture, especially the way its characters are depicted as hand-carved wooden figures. My hat’s off to director/co-writer/character designer Jorge R. Gutierrez (of the popular animation series El Tigre) for realizing his vision—with more than a little ...

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Camp X-Ray—Movie Review

16 October 2014 9:02 PM, PDT

Kristen Stewart is well cast as a young woman who joins the Army and winds up as a prison guard at Guantanamo Bay in Camp X-Ray.  First-time writer-director Peter Sattler puts his protagonist through two concurrent trials: trying to avoid establishing a relationship with the Iranian detainee she guards on a daily basis, and battling the isolation (and sexism) she experiences as the only woman on the base. The film is flawed but intriguing on both counts. The Filmmaker stretches credibility more than once. Stewart is warned about maintaining her distance from the prisoner but allows herself to become emotionally entangled. His side of the relationship is actually more interesting. At...

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Dear White People—Movie Review

16 October 2014 7:54 PM, PDT

Although amateurish at times, belying its status as a debut feature for writer-director Justin Simien, Dear White People demands attention for the disarming way it uses humor to address a variety of issues about race. Not since Spike Lee’s early work has there been a movie so full of provocative ideas—and a sly sense of humor. The setting is a mostly-white Ivy League-type college where a militant black student named Samantha White (Tessa Thompson) makes regular appearances on the campus radio station, beginning her diatribes with the salutation, “Dear White People.” Her ex-boyfriend (Brandon P. Bell) couldn’t be more different. He never makes waves and he’s dating a white girl. Samantha’s...

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Two Unsung Gems On TCM This Week

13 October 2014 2:25 PM, PDT

Two films, made decades apart, that deserve to be better known are playing on Turner Classic Movies this week: King Vidor’s The Stranger’s Return (1933), which airs on Tuesday, and Bob Rafelson’s Mountains of the Moon (1990), on Friday. I’ve written about the Vidor film before, most recently when it screened at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival. I first saw it decades ago, when William K. Everson showed a 16mm print, and fell in love with it then. It’s a surprisingly adult film for its time, and showcases Miriam Hopkins, Lionel Barrymore, and Franchot Tone in tailor-made roles, alongside a fine supporting cast. Vidor never mentioned it in his autobiography, and I always...

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