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Film critic Leonard Maltin talks cinema and his final “Movie Guide”




“Leonard Maltin’s 2015 Movie Guide” will be the final installment of the acclaimed book due to lower sales as film reviews have become easier to access online.
“Leonard Maltin’s 2015 Movie Guide” will be the final installment of the acclaimed book due to lower sales as film reviews have become easier to access online.
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TV personality and film critic Leonard Maltin released the final installment of his movie guide this week. “Leonard Maltin’s 2015 Movie Guide,” a cinematic history lesson and a go-to for reviews, is the last of a series he started in 1969.

As film reviews have become easier to access with sites such as IMDB and the vast blogosphere, Maltin told CNN, that his book sales have plummeted. He published the first edition at 18 years old, originally titled “TV Movies.” The 2015 edition chronicles the modern era of film beginning in 1965 to present, alphabetically listing everything from cult classics to rare B movies. The guide includes nearly 16,000 reviews, brief summaries and an actor index.

Producing his book is the only thing he’s retiring from. The Angeleno hosts Maltin on Movies on the cable channel Reelz, runs his IndieWire blog and lectures at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.

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Leonard Maltin, film critic, author “Leonard Maltin’s 2015 Movie Guide”