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The Little Movie That Could—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 29, 2011 4:39 AM
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  • 9 Comments
It isn’t often that I designate myself a movie’s advocate, but that’s how strongly I feel about an underdog release called Tucker and Dale vs Evil, which begins a limited theatrical engagement on Friday. (It’s already available On Demand, so check your local cable provider.) A film that played to cheering crowds at Sundance and South by Southwest over a year ago shouldn’t have had to wait this long to reach the public, but that’s the bittersweet story I just learned from its co-writer and director, Eli Craig.

Dolphin Tale—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 23, 2011 7:59 AM
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  • 7 Comments
Not all family films are created equal. This one was inspired by the remarkable real-life story of a dolphin named Winter who washed ashore in Florida, had to have its tail amputated, and taught itself to swim even without the appendage. As it turns out, that wasn’t the end of Winter’s challenges.

Moneyball—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 23, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 5 Comments

Restless—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 16, 2011 4:37 AM
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  • 0 Comments
Restless is likeliest to appeal to young people who relate to the heightened emotions of its leading characters, a teenage girl and boy who share a budding relationship—and a fascination with death. That they are played by the wonderful Mia Wasikowska, looking like a young Mia Farrow or Jean Seberg, and promising newcomer Henry Hopper (Dennis Hopper’s son, in his film debut) helps a great deal.

Drive—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 16, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 106 Comments
Drive arrives with its credentials of cool all set: a hot star (Ryan Gosling) in the lead, a smart supporting cast, a Best Director prize from the Cannes Film Festival, and a stylish retro-noir look. These assets may hoodwink some audiences who don’t stop—or want to stop—to explore the emptiness of the movie or its incoherency.

My Kind Of Jazz

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 13, 2011 4:30 AM
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New And Notable Film Books

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 12, 2011 4:39 AM
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  • 2 Comments
As always, there are more books being published than I can keep up with. While I haven’t had time to read most of these cover-to-cover, I’d like to call attention to some that clearly stand out.

Contagion—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 9, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 10 Comments
I can’t call Contagion as a feel-good movie. In fact, you won’t want to be feeling anything—or anyone—after seeing this cautionary tale about the spread of a deadly virus. But you won’t be able to take your eyes off the screen.

book review—Paul on Mazursky

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 2, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 1 Comment
by Sam Wasson; foreword by Mel Brooks (Wesleyan University Press)

The Debt—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 31, 2011 4:31 AM
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  • 15 Comments
Sometimes a film seems to have everything going for it and still comes up short; such is the case with The Debt. Its credentials are impeccable: a fine cast headed by Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, and Jessica Chastain, just for starters, directed by John Madden, and written by three talented Brits, Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman, and Peter Straughan.

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