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Leonard Maltin

The Lone Ranger

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 3, 2013 12:00 AM
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What were they thinking? I kept asking myself that question as I plodded through the boring first hour of this elaborate but elephantine Western.

J. Edgar - movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 10, 2011 12:22 AM
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Leonardo DiCaprio is not the first name that springs to mind as the embodiment of legendary FBI director J. Edgar Hoover—unlike, for instance, the title character in the upcoming remake of The Great Gatsby. I give the actor credit for his commitment to this assignment, but he’s still not quite right, especially if you’ve seen any newsreel footage of the bulldog-like Hoover. It’s more difficult to excuse screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and director Clint Eastwood for making such a dull, monotonous biography of one of the 20th century’s most commanding and controversial figures.

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