Leonard Maltin

XFINITY On Demand: Leonard Maltin Highlights Two Animal Stories

[iframe http://xfinitytv.comcast.net/movies/Black-Beauty/3333/687425286/Black-Beauty/embed 580 476] If you love animals, chances are you love animal stories onscreen, but you also know that they’re often highly emotional experiences. Here are two that I recommend. Anna Sewell’s classic book “Black Beauty” has been filmed many times, but the 1994 version is arguably the best. For one thing, it’s narrated […]

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XFINITY On Demand: Leonard Maltin Highlights Mamet and Chayefsky

There’s nothing more exciting than seeing a film you know little or nothing about and feeling as if you’ve made a discovery. I hope these two movies [now available on XFINITY On Demand*] will do that for you. ‘House of Games‘ is a Hitchcock-like thriller that marked the directing debut for playwright David Mamet, who’s […]

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XFINITY On Demand: Leonard Maltin Picks This Week – ‘In America’ and ‘In Her Shoes’

There’s no more fundamental topic for drama than family—because it’s something everyone can relate to. Here are two terrific films about families that you may have missed. Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan drew on his own experiences in the 1980s to create the moving story of “In America.” In fact, his daughters Naomi and Kristen co-wrote […]

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Xfinity On Demand: Leonard Maltin’s Picks – ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ and ’15 Minutes’

Here are two recommendations of films that didn’t find the audiences they deserved in theaters. That makes them a perfect choice for watching on demand. “Charlie Wilson’s War” is based on a real-life figure: a womanizing, high-living six-term congressman from Texas who was profiled some time ago on 60 Minutes. Producer-reporter George Crile was so […]

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XFINITY On Demand: Leonard Maltin’s Picks ‘Shadowboxer’ and ‘Eastern Promises’

For those who like their movies off the beaten path, I have two to recommend right now. ‘Shadowboxer‘ is the first film directed by Lee Daniels—who went on to make ‘Precious’. Helen Mirren is cast as a hit man—or hit woman, if you prefer. She and Cuba Gooding Jr. do their work with cool efficiency, […]

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XFINITY On Demand: Leonard Maltin Suggests ’24 Hour Party People’ and ‘Before Sunset’

I love talking about sleepers—films that may have flown under your radar. Here are two I especially recommend. “24 Hour Party People” chronicles the punk rock scene in Manchester, England during the 70s and 80s. The charismatic Steve Coogan stars as Tony Wilson, a cheeky television host who lets us know upfront that he’ll be […]

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XFINITY On Demand: Leonard Maltin Recommends Two Timeless Gems

Hollywood loves to remake movies, but even when the new versions become hits it’s still worth revisiting the originals. “Angels in the Outfield,” from 1951, tells a fanciful story about the Pittsburgh Pirates and their foul-mouthed manager, played by Paul Douglas. A reporter, played by Janet Leigh, tries to figure out what makes him tick, […]

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Leonard Maltin’s XFINITY On Demand Picks: Two Movies You Shouldn’t Miss

If you want mindless entertainment there’s a world of possibilities; if you want comedy and drama that doesn’t insult your intelligence, here are two selections you shouldn’t miss. Woody Allen’s great success this year with “Midnight in Paris” has reminded many people of an earlier film where he indulged a touch of fantasy and wish-fulfillment, […]

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