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The Change-Up

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 5, 2011 4:15 AM
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  • 4 Comments
No one wants to be the one to raise his hand and be so uncool as to say “I’m offended,” but I’m willing to take that risk after seeing The Change-Up. I’ve tried to make my peace with what I call The New Vulgarity, as Hollywood has jumped on the R-rated comedy bandwagon, but it isn’t easy. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who co-scripted The Hangover, and David Dobkin, who directed Wedding Crashers, clearly took their mandate seriously with this film, updating a time-worn premise about two characters switching bodies and vulgarizing it.

The Whistleblower

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 5, 2011 4:07 AM
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  • 3 Comments

book review—Music Makes Me: Fred Astaire And Jazz

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 4, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 5 Comments
by Todd Decker (University of California Press)
More: Journal

Cowboys & Aliens: movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 29, 2011 4:29 AM
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  • 7 Comments
As its title indicates, this is a strange cross of movie genres, and lest any viewers get antsy, it doesn’t allow much time to pass before we first encounter UFOs in the Old West. The film takes its time unraveling the rest of the story, leading us along a trail with no clear destination in sight, at first. (Could that have something to do with the six A-list writers who worked on the screenplay, which was inspired by Scott Michael Rosenberg’s graphic novel?) All we know is that there’s been an alien invasion, and neither the cowboys nor Indians know how to deal with it.

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 29, 2011 4:25 AM
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  • 0 Comments
When a movie opens with a woman telling her husband that she wants a divorce after twenty-five years of marriage and it isn’t played for laughs, you know you’re not in for a “typical” Hollywood comedy. Given the current state of comedy, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but what we get instead is an odd, meandering, mood-swinging movie called Crazy, Stupid, Love. (Yes, there’s a period at the end of the title, for no apparent reason.)

The Guard

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 29, 2011 4:16 AM
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This movie made me smile and even laugh out loud. In fact, it gave me more pleasure than any aliens, robots or superheroes have all summer. That’s because it’s doggedly offbeat and completely original. It also provides a showcase for two fine actors, Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle.

Captain America: The First Avenger

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 26, 2011 6:32 AM
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  • 12 Comments
I’m a bit late coming to this film—blame Comic-Con—but having heard good buzz I went to see it this morning with high hopes. For starters, a comic book story set during World War Two offers a perfect opportunity to banish irony, make use of Nazis as bad guys, and cheer on an all-American hero. Chris Evans is well cast in the leading role, as he not only embodies the physical character but embraces his patriotic attitude with complete conviction.

DVD review: Forget The Film, Watch The Titles!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 25, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 2 Comments
I’ve always loved ingenious title sequences. Saul Bass, who created some of the greatest movie openings of all time (Vertigo, Psycho, North by Northwest, Walk on the Wild Side, That’s Entertainment, Part II and a handful of Martin Scorsese films, to name just a few), remains one of my heroes, along with Maurice Binder (who did those unforgettable James Bond titles) and Pablo Ferro (who once sent me a hand-inked note in the exact typeface he used for Dr. Strangelove!). In recent years such talented conceptualists as Kyle Cooper and the team at yU & Co. have generated graphic ideas as innovative as any of their predecessors.

Sarah's Key

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 22, 2011 4:27 AM
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If there is any justice this summer that’s not being meted out by a comic-book superhero, discerning moviegoers will find their way to Sarah’s Key, the moving adaptation of Tatiana De Rosnay’s international best-seller. It’s one of the year’s best films. Kristin Scott Thomas plays an American-born journalist who lives in France with her husband and daughter. While researching an article about the fate of French Jews during World War Two, she stumbles onto an incredible story involving a little girl named Sarah (played by newcomer Mélusine Mayance) who is separated from her family. An unexpected connection with Sarah turns Scott Thomas’ journalistic enterprise into a personal odyssey.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part Two

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 15, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 2 Comments
I wouldn’t call myself a Potterhead, but I have certainly enjoyed following the odyssey of Harry Potter and company over the past decade. Nothing can compare to the experience of reading J.K. Rowling’s books, which have been expertly condensed and interpreted by screenwriter Steve Kloves, but given the need for compromise I think they’ve done justice to the author’s intentions (if not her distinctly British wit).

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