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Lawless—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 29, 2012 1:10 AM
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When a movie has as much going for it as this one, it’s discouraging when it doesn’t deliver on its promise. Yet 'Lawless' pulls the magician’s trick of distraction, offering enough superficial entertainment value—with atmospheric use of locations, charismatic actors, and spurts of shocking violence—to divert attention from its faults.

The Dark Knight Rises—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 19, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 22 Comments
It’s almost too much to hope for: a summer blockbuster that’s compelling, original, well-crafted and perfectly cast. Yet that is precisely what director and co-writer Christopher Nolan has given us in 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

This Means War—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 17, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 7 Comments
Judging by the evidence, it isn’t easy making a good romantic comedy, even if it has a high-concept premise like this one: two best friends (Chris Pine and Tom Hardy) who put their lives on the line as CIA operatives fall in love, quite by chance, with the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). This unforeseen rivalry escalates to the point that they summon all the technology (and manpower) at their command to engage in a massive game of one-upmanship, while the woman in question remains blissfully unaware of what’s going on.

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.

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