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One of my all-time favorite critics — and one of the nicest guys in this field — is Leonard Maltin.  Be sure to check out his new series on YouTube.

I was honored to be invited to talk about “Rush” for the Voice of America’s Russian channel!

The masterful critic Stanley Kauffman, whose writing career stretched over eight decades, died this week at age 97.  Adam Bernstein’s perceptive Kauffman obituary in the Washington Post noted: “He was one of the few critics who could watch a 1997 […]

Chaz Ebert wrote to Rob Schneider to ask him about a story that was mentioned in many of the tributes to her late husband, Roger Ebert.  Roger loathed Schneider’s movie “Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo.”  He memorably wrote that the film […]

I am delighted that Rotten Tomatoes, the pioneering aggregator of movie reviews, is taking on television with its new TV Zone.  Check out the reviews of scripted (non-reality) shows. So far, the widely-reviled “Dads” show gets a big rotten tomato […]

See if you can guess the Rotten Tomato rankings for these romantic comedies (plus “The Notebook”).

Many thanks once again to Betty Jo Tucker for inviting me on her Movie Addict Headquarters show. This time, the topic was the best and worst of 2013’s summer movie releases and I had a lot of fun sharing my […]

Have you ever wondered what movies scare professional movie-goers? I can’t really answer that as I don’t go to super-scary movies. Fortunately, there are some braver critics out there, and while I don’t like scary movies, I do like this […]

It’s often more fun to read about a bad movie than a good one (more fun to write about a bad one, too). “The Lone Ranger” is not a terrible movie. It does not inspire the kind of horrified hyperbole […]

I’m interested in James Franco’s take on “The Great Gatsby” because of what this polymath who attended two grad schools at once has to say about the challenges of adapting great writing to the screen and the differing goals and […]