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Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 29, 2011 6:00 AM
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  • 41 Comments
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movie review: CARS 2

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 24, 2011 4:34 AM
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  • 22 Comments
I have such high regard for Pixar and its creative team, led by John Lasseter, that it actually hurts to knock one of their movies—something I’ve never done before. But then, I’ve never gotten a headache watching any of their previous films. Despite

movie review: Bad Teacher

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 24, 2011 4:25 AM
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  • 12 Comments
I’ve always liked Cameron Diaz, who brings a spark to every part she plays, but she’s only as good as her material, and Bad Teacher is bad news for her and her fans. I was wary going in, as I tend to be whenever a Hollywood movie announces through its advertising how “outrageous” it’s going to be. The only outrageous thing about Bad Teacher is that director Jake Kasdan and two writers who earned an Emmy nomination for television’s The Office (Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg) could turn out such an obvious, heavy-handed, unfunny comedy.

movie review: A Better Life

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 24, 2011 4:20 AM
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A Better Life has more to offer than good intentions: it’s sincere and credible, which is more than I can say about an awful lot of movies. Yet something about it kept me at arm’s length: I felt the filmmakers’ presence instead of losing myself in the story. Is that because, like director Chris Weitz, I am not part of the world he’s depicting but an outsider looking in? Or is it because the trajectory of this melancholy film is so predictable?

movie review: BUCK

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 23, 2011 4:30 AM
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Some years ago, Robert Redford made an excellent movie called The Horse Whisperer, based on Nicholas Evans’ novel. It turns out that a horseman named

book review: A Disney Book You Don't Know About...And Others You Should

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 21, 2011 4:35 AM
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movie review: Page One: Inside The New York Times

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 18, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 6 Comments
If you’re expecting a prosaic documentary spotlighting a group of editors in ties sitting around a conference table, debating what’s worth putting on the front page of the country’s leading newspaper, you’re in for a surprise. Andrew Rossi’s vibrant film hones in on a handful of colorful figures on the Times staff in order to personalize the story and give it focus. By profiling them and their work he provides a razor-sharp picture of how a story is generated, reported, edited, and showcased in print.

movie review: Green Lantern

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 17, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 20 Comments
It isn’t innovative, it isn’t deep, the characters aren’t particularly well-developed, but I still had a good time watching Green Lantern. It’s hard to dislike a movie that has shortcomings and still provides an enjoyable viewing experience. I even liked its use of 3-D, although those glasses are getting to be a pain.

movie review: The Art Of Getting By

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 17, 2011 4:20 AM
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When a film covers familiar ground, as this coming-of-age story does, it had better offer an original point of view or, at the very least, interesting characters. The Art of Getting By has both, and while it loses its footing now and then, its leading actors help us to connect with it on an emotional level.

movie review: City Of Life And Death

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 17, 2011 4:18 AM
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Chinese filmmaker Chuan Lu has tackled a vast and ambitious subject in City of Life and Death. I knew very little about the siege on Nanjing (or Nanking, as Westerners have long referred to it) in 1937; I feel as if I understand it now, in all of its grim reality. A documentary might provide facts and figures, but Lu has used the dramatic form to personalize this story and fashion a powerful, multilayered film that shows what ordinary human beings are capable of in extreme circumstances.

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