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Le Havre—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 21, 2011 4:30 AM
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Le Havre is Finland’s official entry for this year’s Foreign Language Oscar, as it is the work of celebrated Finnish writer-director Aki Kaurismäki—yet it takes place in France, where it was shot with a nearly all-French cast. Let us agree, then, not to get caught up in details or semantics and simply enjoy this charming fable.

Margin Call—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 21, 2011 4:15 AM
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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.

Under The Radar No More: Nora’s Will—dvd review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 18, 2011 6:00 AM
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Last year I became an advocate for a Mexican import called Nora’s Will that, I’m happy to say, is now available on DVD. It first came to my attention because I put considerable stock in Menemsha Films, the small, dedicated distributor that acquired it for U.S. release. Company founder Neil Friedman was so convinced that it would be a word-of-mouth success that he opened it in New York and Los Angeles—and did better business the second weekend than he did the first (despite a lone negative review from The New York Times.

Faulty But Fascinating: Rin Tin Tin, The Life And The Legend—a book review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 17, 2011 6:12 AM
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  • 12 Comments
book review

The Big Year—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 14, 2011 4:32 AM
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  • 5 Comments

Footloose—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 14, 2011 4:22 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Does the world really need a remake of Footloose? I would answer no, but I must also admit that the new movie is innocuous and pleasant-enough to watch. Writer-director Craig Brewer, who made the disarming Hustle & Flow, has taken Dean Pitchford’s 1984 screenplay and layered onto it some backstory ingredients that help it make more sense than the original. (There’s now a reason why the small town has banned dancing, and a purposefulness to the new kid’s outlook on life.)

The Skin I Live In—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 14, 2011 4:18 AM
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  • 2 Comments

The Ides Of March—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 7, 2011 12:36 PM
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  • 21 Comments

Real Steel—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 7, 2011 4:32 AM
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From the billboards you might think thisis another Transformers movie—heaven help us—when in fact, Real Steel is a cross between Rocky and The Champ. It’s formulaic and unashamedly manipulative, but it’s played with sincerity…and it works.

The Women On The 6th Floor—DVD Review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 7, 2011 4:28 AM
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  • 6 Comments

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