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Snow White and the Huntsman—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 1, 2012 2:00 AM
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  • 26 Comments
Sometimes, while I’m watching a bad movie, one burning question arises: “What were they thinking?” That’s what I asked myself while suffering through 'Snow White and the Huntsman', a putrid, and seemingly endless, retelling of the famous fairy tale. Grim and gruesome, it’s a soul-sucking two-hour-plus endurance test that parents should avoid taking their kids to see except as an extreme form of punishment.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 9, 2011 1:03 AM
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  • 20 Comments
When a film has so many attributes—including superior performances and a tangible sense of time, place, and atmosphere—it’s tempting to overlook its shortcomings. That wouldn’t be honest, but at least I can begin on a positive note. From the casting of Gary Oldman as veteran MI6 agent George Smiley to the depiction of life in the espionage community of the 1970s, 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' delivers the goods.

My Week With Marilyn—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 22, 2011 1:09 AM
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  • 5 Comments
This film has a different flavor from the usual biopic—and it’s delicious, at least for any diehard movie buff. Imagine stepping into a time machine, traveling back to 1956, and getting to eavesdrop on Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier during the famously troubled production of 'The Prince and the Showgirl'. That’s precisely what we do in this enticing film, based on the published diary of Colin Clark (son of the eminent art historian Kenneth Clark), who worked as an assistant to Olivier on that picture.

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