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Dark Horse-movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 28, 2012 1:00 AM
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Todd Solondz is the master of suburban angst, but for me his films run hot and cold. When he’s hot, as in the recent 'Life During Wartime', he has an uncanny ability to find both absurdist comedy and poignant drama in the vicissitudes of everyday characters.

movie review: Life During Wartime

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 23, 2010 3:59 AM
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I vividly recall the year Todd Solondz’s Happiness debuted at the Telluride Film Festival. His deadpan treatment of such sensitive subjects as pederasty and masturbation polarized the assembled moviegoers; some walked out in disgust, others stayed and were full of praise. Only a filmmaker as iconoclastic as Solondz would create a sequel twelve years later—and recast all the leading characters. Many of his films in that intervening period have been disappointing and downright strange, but Life During Wartime is exceptional…just as good as Happiness, and possibly even better.

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