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ZERO DARK THIRTY

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 19, 2012 1:00 AM
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In 'The Hurt Locker', director Kathryn Bigelow and journalist-turned-screenwriter Mark Boal told a riveting story against the backdrop of the war-torn Middle East. In their new collaboration,' Zero Dark Thirty', they dramatize a real-life series of events, spanning nearly a decade, that are just as compelling and even more complex.

Lawless—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 29, 2012 1:10 AM
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When a movie has as much going for it as this one, it’s discouraging when it doesn’t deliver on its promise. Yet 'Lawless' pulls the magician’s trick of distraction, offering enough superficial entertainment value—with atmospheric use of locations, charismatic actors, and spurts of shocking violence—to divert attention from its faults.

Coriolanus—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 20, 2012 1:05 AM
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  • 4 Comments
I don’t know what Shakespeare purists will make of Coriolanus, but as cinematic storytelling it’s awfully impressive: a muscular, contemporary reading of the play, deftly abridged and adapted by the prolific John Logan, who also wrote Hugo and Rango this year. The primary hero, on screen and off, is Ralph Fiennes, who not only makes a formidable directing debut but delivers a ferocious (and commanding) performance in the leading role.

Seein' Stars

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 16, 2012 3:29 PM
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This year’s “it” girls pose together at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards dinner: Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Chastain.

Take Shelter—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 30, 2011 4:30 AM
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Take Shelter is a provocative original from writer-director Jeff Nichols, built on the foundation of a searing performance by Michael Shannon. It’s a film I respect, even though I found it very tough to sit through. That’s because Nichols creates a palpable sense of unease—which is exactly what he sets out to do.

The Debt—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 31, 2011 4:31 AM
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  • 15 Comments
Sometimes a film seems to have everything going for it and still comes up short; such is the case with The Debt. Its credentials are impeccable: a fine cast headed by Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, and Jessica Chastain, just for starters, directed by John Madden, and written by three talented Brits, Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman, and Peter Straughan.

The Help—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 12, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 18 Comments
Any time a book strikes a chord with a vast number of people, as Kathryn Stockett’s The Help did, there is a mixture of anticipation and trepidation about its transition to the screen. Overall, I think writer-director Tate Taylor has done a good job bringing the book and its characters to life, in concert with an exceptional cast. And, crucially, he has managed to recreate the look and feel of a Southern town in the 1960s, with its separate but unequal citizenry: the well-to-do white folks and their black servants.

movie review: The Tree Of Life

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 27, 2011 4:15 AM
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  • 32 Comments

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