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The Monuments Men

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 7, 2014 12:00 AM
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  • 2 Comments
It’s rare to find a movie that isn’t ironic or aloof, especially in its overarching goal, to pay tribute to an unpopular enterprise that paid off for posterity.

Elysium

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 9, 2013 12:05 AM
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  • 5 Comments
Matt Damon, in yet another first-rate performance, plays an ordinary guy who’s had squabbles with law enforcement in the past and continues to buck the system.

PROMISED LAND

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 26, 2012 9:19 PM
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  • 4 Comments
I give this movie’s costars and creators, Matt Damon and John Krasinski, credit for making a “message movie” as palatable and entertaining as 'Promised Land.'

Margaret—DVD review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 10, 2012 2:18 AM
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  • 3 Comments
I’m a latecomer to Kenneth Lonergan’s 'Margaret', having missed its brief appearance in theaters last year (after a five-to-six year delay) but it’s not too late for me to sing its praises. It has its flaws, but I defy you to find a more intelligent or impassioned American film this year.

We Bought A Zoo—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 23, 2011 1:00 AM
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  • 12 Comments
If your favorite descriptive word for a movie is “edgy,” you might want to skip this one. If, however, you like heartwarming—not cloying—stories about decent people, and hope to leave the theater feeling better than you did when you walked in, 'We Bought a Zoo' will be a welcome cup of holiday cheer. Rated PG, it is intended to please a family audience, so the timing is perfect.

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.

movie review: The Adjustment Bureau

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 4, 2011 5:05 AM
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  • 6 Comments
I’m a sucker for movies about fate, destiny, and heavenly intervention—going all the way back to On Borrowed Time and Here Comes Mr. Jordan up through Ghost Town with Ricky Gervais—so I was more than willing to accept the premise of The Adjustment Bureau, based on Philip K. Dick’s short story. In this case, the buttoned-down business types played by Anthony Mackie and John Slattery are here on earth to make sure things go “according to plan.” So when hotshot politician Matt Damon chances to meet Emily Blunt and falls in love at first sight, they’re forced to—

film review: Hereafter

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 22, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 4 Comments

Clint Eastwood & Co.

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 15, 2009 10:21 AM
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  • 0 Comments
So how did I luck into a moment of serendipitous spontaneity with Clint Eastwood, Matt Damon, and Morgan Freeman? Allow me to explain. As any media veteran will tell you, participating in movie press junkets...

The Informant!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 11, 2009 2:51 AM
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  • 0 Comments

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