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SIDE EFFECTS

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 8, 2013 1:02 AM
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  • 2 Comments
"Side Effects" is a good, juicy thriller with echoes of film noir in its DNA. Director Steven Soderbergh is a genre fan and while his film feels completely contemporary...

Rise of the Guardians

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 21, 2012 12:55 AM
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  • 0 Comments
Too many films aimed at children lack a sense of wonder, which is one reason I like 'Rise of the Guardians.' Drawing on the mythology devised by author William Joyce in his series of books 'The Guardians of Childhood,' the movie introduces us to the figures that figure so importantly in almost every child’s existence: the Sandman, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and Santa Claus.

Anna Karenina

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 16, 2012 12:55 AM
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  • 4 Comments
I suppose that scholars might dismiss the 1935 MGM production of 'Anna Karenina' starring Greta Garbo as superficial, yet that film lingers in my memory, even though I haven’t seen it in years…whereas I couldn't wait for this new version to end.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 16, 2011 1:02 AM
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  • 13 Comments
As one who couldn’t stand the first Guy Ritchie-Robert Downey, Jr. 'Sherlock Holmes' movie, I didn’t mind this one so much. For one thing, I knew what I was in for: more rapid-fire Downey wisecracks and meaningless disguises, more attention-getting, gimmicky action scenes. But at least it doesn’t look as if every major background has been painted on a computer screen. Better yet, Holmes is pitted against a worthy foe,

Contagion—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 9, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 10 Comments
I can’t call Contagion as a feel-good movie. In fact, you won’t want to be feeling anything—or anyone—after seeing this cautionary tale about the spread of a deadly virus. But you won’t be able to take your eyes off the screen.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 8, 2010 4:20 AM
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  • 3 Comments
Over the years, Terry Gilliam has become something of a brand name, leading moviegoers to expect a generous display of visual razzle-dazzle and an offbeat sensibility; the problem often lies in his story or screenplay. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, written by Gilliam and his frequent collaborator Charles McKeown, is one of his better endeavors: a bit rambling, but enjoyable. Christopher Plummer plays the title character, who...

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