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The Wolf Of Wall Street

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 25, 2013 3:58 AM
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  • 13 Comments
There is much to admire in the masterful filmmaking and superior performances on display, but it’s a tough film to digest for three hours straight.

The Best Movies You've Missed This Year

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 25, 2013 10:04 PM
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  • 5 Comments
McConaughey, Gosling, Cooper, O'Dowd, Carell, and More.

Dallas Buyers Club

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 1, 2013 12:06 AM
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  • 2 Comments
Though it's taken twenty-some years to reach the screen, "Dallas Buyer's Club" has been made with such care and commitment that I’d say it’s been worth the wait.

A River of Dreams: Mud

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 26, 2013 12:10 AM
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  • 2 Comments
Writer-director Jeff Nichols fulfills the promise he showed in his previous film "Take Shelter" with a beguiling fable called "Mud."

The Paperboy—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 5, 2012 1:05 AM
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  • 3 Comments
I suppose we all like a taste of Southern-gothic storytelling now and then, so I was ready to enjoy The Paperboy based on what little I’d heard ahead of time. And yes, Nicole Kidman’s unflinchingly flashy performance—in a parade of brightly colored miniskirts—is an attention-getter. But it’s a shame to have to wade through the rest of this murky mess in order to watch her strut her stuff. Director Lee Daniels, who made Precious and Shadowboxer, worked with author Pete Dexter to adapt the latter’s novel about two brothers (Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron) whose lives take different paths, then converge again over a hot-button murder investigation in 1969.

Magic Mike—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 29, 2012 1:48 AM
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  • 3 Comments
All the women I know are hot to see this movie. So were the women who packed the screening I attended, and they made their feelings known during the opening strip-club number—just like the adoring women onscreen. Then the story kicked in and everything changed.

Bernie—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 27, 2012 12:49 AM
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  • 2 Comments
Some films—even good ones—fall neatly into one category or another, but I often find myself drawn to movies that defy pigeonholing, like Richard Linklater’s 'Bernie'. Is it a comedy? Yes, in part. Is it a character study? Certainly. Is it a true-crime story? Absolutely. Does it have two outstanding performances in the leading roles? Definitely.

movie review: The Lincoln Lawyer

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 18, 2011 4:15 AM
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  • 6 Comments
'The Lincoln Lawyer' is a well-crafted, well-cast adaptation of Michael Connelly’s best-selling novel, shot on interesting Los Angeles locations. It’s a crime thriller with whodunit overtones, and there are twists right to the very end. So why isn’t it better?

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