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Leonard Maltin

The Fifth Estate

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 18, 2013 12:02 AM
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Usually, movies derived from current or recent events take one of two courses: to reveal, or speculate about, the background story we don’t know, or to provide insight into the actions of familiar real-life figures. Writer Peter Morgan is particularly adept at this, as he has shown in such screenplays as The Queen and Frost/Nixon. Sorry to say, The Fifth Estate falls short in both areas.


  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 20, 2013 12:04 AM
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Ron Howard has brought this story to life with unbridled energy, transforming each race into an adrenaline-charged vignette that could serve as a master class in staging and editing action scenes.

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