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Leonard Maltin

The Book Thief

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 8, 2013 12:04 AM
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  • 4 Comments
"The Book Thief" treads on familiar ground... the situations are realistic, the moral choices genuine, and the emotions honestly portrayed.

War Horse—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 23, 2011 6:17 AM
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  • 22 Comments
I don’t like pigeonholing films, and I’ve never been fond of the term “chick flick,” but I’d be less than candid if I didn’t tell you that several women I know and respect (including my wife) were moved to tears by 'War Horse', while I was lukewarm about it. Normally, I’m a sucker for this kind of picture, which has a great deal of sentiment built into it—but I found its execution too blatant and—if I’m not making a pun—on-the-nose.

Oranges And Sunshine—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 21, 2011 4:39 AM
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  • 0 Comments
In telling the story of a true-life unsung hero a filmmaker faces many pitfalls. How often have we seen well-intentioned movies become sanctimonious and lose their dramatic edge? No such accusations can be leveled at Jim Loach’s Oranges and Sunshine, an impressive film that documents an astonishing but little-known story.

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