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Total Recall—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 3, 2012 1:05 AM
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  • 4 Comments
Does the world need a remake of 'Total Recall'? The 1990 original didn’t look or sound like anything we’d seen before, with its mix of intriguing ideas, cutting-edge special effects, and overblown violence, courtesy of the never-subtle director Paul Verhoeven.

Contraband—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 13, 2012 1:05 AM
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  • 11 Comments
If ever there were a typical January movie, it’s Contraband, a film so dreary (and downright distasteful) that no studio would think of releasing it in December, when all eyes are focused on quality. I never saw the 2008 Icelandic film on which it’s based, but I presume it must have been better than this, to persuade savvy producers that it was worth remaking in English. Baltasar Kormákur, who starred in the original, directed this adaptation.

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