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August: Osage County

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 27, 2013 1:49 AM
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  • 1 Comment
As a showcase for a host of gifted actors, "August: Osage County" is potent and entertaining.

JACK THE GIANT SLAYER

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 1, 2013 1:05 AM
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  • 6 Comments
Some fairy tales and fables are dark, while others invite a range of interpretations. This rendering of “Jack and the Beanstalk” is pretty full-blooded, especially for a family-oriented film, but this gives it some backbone to match its elaborate visual effects.

THE IMPOSSIBLE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 21, 2012 12:57 AM
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  • 6 Comments
Unlike some films that have become critics’ darlings, 'The Impossible' has no pretensions. It isn’t edgy and I don’t think it has a hidden subtext. It’s just a beautifully told, enormously moving story of a family’s experiences during and after the 2004 tsunami...

Haywire—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 20, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 12 Comments
In the old days a film like this would have been called a “programmer” and fulfilled its modest ambitions as the second feature on a double bill. Alas, we don’t have double features or programmers anymore; every movie carries weight, and expectations, with it. Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire has all the trappings of an “A” movie, including a big-name cast and impressive international locations, but it never rises above the level of a “B.”

film review: Catching Up With Movies, Both New...

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 15, 2010 5:40 AM
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  • 2 Comments
This is superior storytelling, with a definite point of view; there’s clearly a masterful hand at work behind the camera. And nobody portrays dread, or a sense of unease, quite like Polanski.

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