The first "name" movie critic that I became aware of was Leonard Maltin. His book, The Disney Films, was my bible in my Walt-obsessed youth; in fact, I still have that dog-eared copy after all these years.
His appearances on Entertainment Tonight in its early (not-so tabloid-y) years provided a face for the words, and my respect for him as both a contemporary critical voice and a champion of classic films has never wavered.
Every year, Maltin publishes the latest edition of his indispensable Movie Guide, filled with reviews on every major release from the silent era to today. In 2005, Maltin also released his first Classic Movie Guide to provide a separate volume for films released prior to 1960.
With a style thankfully devoid of the condescension apparent in most authors of film, Maltin's books are welcome additions to any movie lover's personal library.
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