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22 Jump Street

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 12, 2014 12:00 AM
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  • 2 Comments
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'22 Jump Street' tries to catch a meta-wave on the shoulders of its stars, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.

White House Down

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 28, 2013 12:10 AM
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  • 1 Comment
I can’t imagine how anyone pitched this concept to a movie studio. It’s a big summer movie from the director of "Independence Day", full of huge, explosive action scenes—and completely unexpected comedy.

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 29, 2013 12:08 AM
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  • 1 Comment
I have a terrible confession to make: I missed the first G.I. Joe movie four years ago. That means I can’t compare the details and nuances of that screenplay and the new release, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." But I can still review it.

SIDE EFFECTS

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 8, 2013 1:02 AM
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  • 2 Comments
"Side Effects" is a good, juicy thriller with echoes of film noir in its DNA. Director Steven Soderbergh is a genre fan and while his film feels completely contemporary...

10 YEARS—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 14, 2012 1:02 AM
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  • 2 Comments
Screenwriter Jamie Linden ('We Are Marshall', 'Dear John') says he was inspired to write and direct '10 Years' by attending his own high school reunion. Fair enough.

Magic Mike—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 29, 2012 1:48 AM
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  • 3 Comments
All the women I know are hot to see this movie. So were the women who packed the screening I attended, and they made their feelings known during the opening strip-club number—just like the adoring women onscreen. Then the story kicked in and everything changed.

21 Jump Street—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 16, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 3 Comments
Following in the hallowed footsteps of 'The Brady Bunch Movie', '21 Jump Street' revives a vintage TV series and subverts it at the same time. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who have written and directed TV and theatrical animation such as 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs', resist the temptation to turn this into a live-action cartoon, which is all to the good. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are well cast as former high school rivals who meet up again as police academy students and become friends.

The Vow—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 10, 2012 1:01 AM
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  • 7 Comments
'The Vow' was inspired by a news item that one of the producers read twelve years ago about a woman who, after an accident, had no memory of her husband. What a shame that the finished product—which comes after numerous attempts to create an effective screenplay over the past decade—is so lackluster. Whatever appeal it may have as a romantic drama derives from the casting of its stars; at least Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum make an attractive and believable couple.

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