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Kick-Ass 2

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 16, 2013 1:05 AM
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  • 3 Comments
Like so many sequels, it’s clear from the start that there is no real reason for its existence: the promising story points that fueled the original are gone...

Dark Shadows—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 11, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 10 Comments
It makes sense that for Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton to get in on the current vampire craze, they’d have to approach it with a sense of humor. I doubt if many young viewers know that they’ve based their new film on a forty-year-old daytime TV drama, and it scarcely matters. Dark Shadows is an amusing piece of high camp, stoked by Depp’s deadpan star performance and the kind of elaborate trappings one would expect from Burton. (His longtime production designer, Rick Heinrichs, has done another beautiful job with both real and virtual sets.)

film review: Let Me In

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 1, 2010 4:30 AM
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  • 6 Comments
Let Me In offers an unusual twist on the usual vampire tale. It’s gripping and unusual—unless you happen to have seen the Swedish film that inspired it, Let the Right One In, based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist. If you did catch that striking Swedish import two years ago, there isn’t much point to seeing the remake. Writer-director Matt Reeves, who made his reputation with Cloverfield, has wisely followed the original and made only a handful of (mostly inventive) deviations. I admire both his fidelity and his restraint.

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