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Rob Reiner recognized by Malibu Film Society

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Rob Reiner has had an up-and-down year.

His latest, “Flipped,” flopped. It shouldn’t have, by any stretch. It was a sweet, sentimental, harmless but enjoyable love story that parents could have taken their teenagers do. They didn’t. The movie made $1.7 million, and never really got a proper release. It’s Reiner’s lowest-grossing picture to date.

Then last week, the director turns up on “30 Rock” and reminds us that he’s funny … particularly in sitcom form.

Now we’re learning that Reiner will be honored next weekend by the Malibu Film Society, which will present him with a “Malibu Filmmaker of the Year’” trophy on Oct. 24, with a presentation at the Malibu Screening Room. Reiner’s father, Carl, is expected to make the evening’s opening remarks. A screening of “Flipped” will conclude the evening.

Last year, James Cameron presented this award to Stan Winston, the effects guru. Admission to the event is free for “All Access VIP” members of the film society. Anyone else can pick up tickets through MalibuFilmSociety.org.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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