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Out of the Furnace

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 5, 2013 12:55 PM
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Director and co-writer Scott Cooper never finds a way to transform his working-class parable into a meaningful story in "Out of the Furnace."

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 22, 2013 5:59 PM
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  • 6 Comments
This follow-up to the 2012 hit based on Suzanne Collins’ novel, represents commendable storytelling that ought to please the book’s many fans.

Now You See Me

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 31, 2013 7:30 PM
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  • 9 Comments
This exhausting film harps on the magician’s ultimate trick, misdirection. That word describes the very nature of "Now You See Me," which purports to tell a clever story when all it’s doing is whirling in an endless spiral.

Seven Psychopaths—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 12, 2012 12:51 AM
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  • 4 Comments
Because I’m fond of writer-director Martin McDonagh’s debut feature 'In Bruges', I was eager to see his follow-up, especially when I saw the dream cast of oddballs and originals he assembled, led by Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson—not to mention such iconoclasts as Harry Dean Stanton and Tom Waits.

The Hunger Games—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 22, 2012 8:53 PM
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  • 27 Comments
As someone who hasn’t read Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of novels, going to see 'The Hunger Games' “cold,” I felt comforted by the presence of two young actors I admire, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. Given the downbeat nature of the story, set in a bleak future world, having warm-blooded actors who can bring life and depth to their characters is crucial.

Rampart—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 10, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 2 Comments
When a movie about Los Angeles cops is co-written by noir specialist James Ellroy, you know it’s not going to paint a pretty picture. In Rampart, we learn all we need to know about the protagonist, Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson) in the first five minutes, and things go downhill from there.

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