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X-Men: Days Of Future Past

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 27, 2014 12:31 AM
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  • 1 Comment
"X-Men: Days Of Future Past" is vibrant and entertaining.

The Counselor

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 25, 2013 2:09 AM
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  • 5 Comments
The actors in "The Counselor" are speaking English, but I still couldn’t understand a lot of what they said. That’s because the screenplay, by esteemed novelist Cormac McCarthy, is so dense it’s incomprehensible at times.

12 Years A Slave

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 18, 2013 12:04 AM
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  • 1 Comment
The gifted Chiwitel Ejiofor is a perfect choice to play the confident Northerner whose freedom and dignity are cruelly stripped away when he is sold into slavery in the 1840s.

Prometheus—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 8, 2012 2:12 AM
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  • 96 Comments
First, the good news: 'Prometheus' is a captivating experience, meant to be savored on the big screen. Ridley Scott’s reputation as a master craftsman is well deserved and he offers up a hugh, impressive, eye-opening production. It’s also well cast, with two forceful female characters played for all they’re worth by Noomi Rapace (Sweden’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Charlize Theron.

Haywire—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 20, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 12 Comments
In the old days a film like this would have been called a “programmer” and fulfilled its modest ambitions as the second feature on a double bill. Alas, we don’t have double features or programmers anymore; every movie carries weight, and expectations, with it. Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire has all the trappings of an “A” movie, including a big-name cast and impressive international locations, but it never rises above the level of a “B.”

Awards Season Backlash—Already!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 5, 2011 2:25 PM
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  • 13 Comments
Every year, it seems, some good movies suffer from what I call Awards Season Backlash. Because the season started earlier than usual this year—and intensified when the New York Film Critics decided to vote right after Thanksgiving—the bounce-back has already begun, I’m sorry to say.

A Dangerous Method—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 23, 2011 1:15 AM
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  • 8 Comments
Can a play about personal conflicts in the nascent world of psychiatry at the turn of the 20th century be translated into an effective film? In the hands of playwright/screenwriter Christopher Hampton, director David Cronenberg, and three exceptional actors, the answer is yes. It takes some getting used to, as we don’t often see films that are so dependent on dialogue to express relationships. But if you avoid it because you don’t like “talky” dramas you will miss some of the finest performances of the year.

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