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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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  • 2 Comments
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.

movie review: Mr. Popper's Penguins

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 17, 2011 4:15 AM
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  • 0 Comments

The True Adventures of the World's Greatest Stuntman

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 13, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 0 Comments
by Vic Armstrong with Robert Sellers; introduction by Steven Spielberg

movie review: THE TRIP

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 10, 2011 4:30 AM
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I wasn’t aware of Rob Brydon until I saw Winterbottom’s 2005 movie 'Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story', in which he and Coogan carry on a continual game of one-upmanship, mostly about their careers. I didn’t need a primer to figure out that this was based, to some degree, on their real-life relationship, and enjoyed their barbed banter.

movie review: SUPER 8

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 9, 2011 6:17 AM
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  • 12 Comments
If you’re wondering what’s missing from so many big-budget, effects-driven Hollywood movies, the answer lies in J.J. Abrams’ Super 8: heart and passion. What’s happening onscreen really matters to the young people in the story—so it matters to us, too. Moreover, there’s no cynicism or aloofness in these characters or the way they’re depicted. Just look at the face of newcomer Joel Courtney, who plays the leading role in Super 8, and you see the kind of guileless all-American boy we don’t find too often in contemporary films.

movie review—Midnight In Paris

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 8, 2011 4:15 AM
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  • 5 Comments
I had a smile on my face from the moment Woody Allen’s latest film began, with an idyllic series of Parisian street scenes set to the music of jazz great Sidney Bechet…and the film maintained that lovely quality all the way to the finale. Allen may be a fatalist, as he often claims, but this film is whimsical and romantic—a divertissement that recalls one of his most endearing and original comedies, The Purple Rose of Cairo.

dvd review: Night Flight

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 7, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 3 Comments

movie review: X-Men: First Class

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 3, 2011 4:42 AM
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  • 11 Comments
It’s risky to reinvent an established series with a new cast and a different setting than fans are accustomed to…but the folks at Marvel have gambled and won. Despite its flaws, X-Men: First Class is an effective reboot of the once-solid series that debuted eleven years ago.

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