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Oscar Nominations: From Scorsese To Mickey Mouse

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 16, 2014 1:21 PM
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  • 8 Comments
Once again, the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have sprung a number of surprises on us with this year’s nominations.

American Hustle

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 13, 2013 12:00 AM
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  • 9 Comments
On the plus side of the ledger, Russell enables his cast to inhabit some colorful, downright transformative, characters. (Photo by Francois Duhamel)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 22, 2013 5:59 PM
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  • 6 Comments
This follow-up to the 2012 hit based on Suzanne Collins’ novel, represents commendable storytelling that ought to please the book’s many fans.

Silver Linings Playbook

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 21, 2012 2:16 PM
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  • 1 Comment
It’s rare to find a mainstream American movie that doesn’t rely on formula to some degree. That’s one reason David O. Russell’s 'Silver Linings Playbook' is so refreshing: we haven’t encountered these characters before, and this is a character-driven piece. They’re unpredictable and idiosyncratic, but recognizably real. Even the neighborhood cop doesn’t talk or behave like a stock movie policeman.

The Hunger Games—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 22, 2012 8:53 PM
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  • 27 Comments
As someone who hasn’t read Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of novels, going to see 'The Hunger Games' “cold,” I felt comforted by the presence of two young actors I admire, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. Given the downbeat nature of the story, set in a bleak future world, having warm-blooded actors who can bring life and depth to their characters is crucial.

Oscar Welcomes Newcomers

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 24, 2012 1:54 PM
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  • 7 Comments
Oscar voters always have some surprises up their collective sleeve, and today was no exception. The actors’ branch is especially welcoming to new talent, as witness the nominations of first-timers Demián Bichir, Rooney Mara, Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, and Melissa McCarthy. That such relative newcomers are standing toe to toe with the likes of George Clooney and Meryl Streep is a tremendous achievement—and honor.

Like Crazy—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 28, 2011 7:09 AM
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  • 6 Comments

movie review: The Beaver

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 6, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 7 Comments
I didn’t want to read a word about The Beaver before seeing it, and I’m glad I went in “cold.” It’s a purposefully odd little film about mental illness and a broken family, made with care and obvious passion by Jodie Foster from a screenplay by Kyle Killen. There entire cast is good, but the centerpiece is a potent performance by Mel Gibson.

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