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Leonard Maltin's 2008 Movie Guide

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 September, 2007, 12:00am
 

Leonard Maltin's 2008 Movie Guide


edited by Leonard Maltin


Signet, HK$80


In the early 1980s, Australian television discovered the wonders of satellite and began broadcasting US programmes, including Entertainment Tonight, a surprisingly smart and gossipy show for pre-Generation X twentysomethings - before dumbing down became the rule and Warhol celebrities took charge. Entertainment Tonight movie reviewer Leonard Maltin may not be a patch on the BBC's Barry Norman, but where is Norman now? Certainly not the mini-mogul that the American reviewer has become. This is no Halliwell's film guide, but it is bigger: Maltin's latest movie guide runs to 1,629 pages of often witty and surprisingly intelligent precis covering almost all the films we love, hate and have never seen. Nine editors cover the running times, casts, available formats (DVD, VHS, laser), awards and the views of others before passing judgment - four stars for must-see greatness, and 'bomb' for the irredeemably bad, such as the 'humiliatingly banal Madonna career-killer' Dangerous Game. Foreign films get enough attention, and Infernal Affairs gets three stars: 'Stylish, character-driven thriller delivers plenty of action while dealing with philosophical notions of morality, identity and loyalty.' But in Hong Kong we already know that.


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