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The Fifth Estate

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 18, 2013 12:02 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Usually, movies derived from current or recent events take one of two courses: to reveal, or speculate about, the background story we don’t know, or to provide insight into the actions of familiar real-life figures. Writer Peter Morgan is particularly adept at this, as he has shown in such screenplays as The Queen and Frost/Nixon. Sorry to say, The Fifth Estate falls short in both areas.

JACK THE GIANT SLAYER

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 1, 2013 1:05 AM
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  • 6 Comments
Some fairy tales and fables are dark, while others invite a range of interpretations. This rendering of “Jack and the Beanstalk” is pretty full-blooded, especially for a family-oriented film, but this gives it some backbone to match its elaborate visual effects.

Margin Call—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 21, 2011 4:15 AM
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  • 2 Comments
Margin Call manages to put a human face on the current economic crisis—but I wish it was as good as its trailer, which is forceful, well-edited, and dramatically scored. The film itself has many good qualities, and an exceedingly strong cast, but it’s a bit dry.

Julie & Julia

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 11, 2009 12:06 AM
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  • 0 Comments

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