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Bethlehem

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 7, 2014 12:02 AM
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In the provocative thriller "Bethlehem," there is no room for sentiment and loyalties can shift at a moment’s notice.

Omar

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 21, 2014 3:07 PM
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A deft blending of thriller and romance, "Omar" invokes everything from film noir to Shakespeare.

Aftermath

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 1, 2013 12:02 AM
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Writer-director Wladyslaw Pasikowski has structured "Aftermath" like a mystery; revealing itself one layer at a time.

The Hunt

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 12, 2013 12:07 AM
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When a film dramatizes a credible situation and holds you in its grip, even as it makes you squirm with discomfort, that’s storytelling above and beyond the norm.

A Hijacking

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 21, 2013 12:10 AM
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What can you say about a thriller that seems absolutely real, so convincing it might be a cinema verité-style documentary?

NO

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 15, 2013 1:02 AM
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An Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film this year, Pablo Larrain’s No is a persuasive docudrama that chronicles the efforts to unseat Chile’s dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1988.

The Intouchables—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 25, 2012 1:24 AM
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Last year, Harvey Weinstein brought a French film called 'The Artist' to the U.S. and wound up with an armful of Academy Awards. This year he’s presenting another Gallic import that not only was a box-office smash, but features Omar Sy, who beat out Jean Dujardin for the Best Actor prize at the César Awards...

Headhunters—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 27, 2012 12:50 AM
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photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
I can’t remember the last time a movie surprised me as much as 'Headhunters': not just its story twists and turns, which are considerable, but its continual stripping of character veneer and overall audaciousness left me breathless.

Monsieur Lazhar—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 13, 2012 12:55 AM
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The hype-meisters of moviedom have made it difficult to use words like “heartwarming” and “inspiring” without sounding like a huckster…but when you see a film as moving and well-wrought as 'Monsieur Lazhar', it’s hard to resist. Yet what I admire most about the picture, which was an Oscar nominee this year as Best Foreign Language Film, is its restraint.

We Have A Pope—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 9, 2012 3:53 AM
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Given Nanni Moretti’s track record as writer, director, and actor, there is every reason to have high hopes for his latest effort, 'We Have a Pope'. One would presume that a behind-the-scenes look at the process of naming a new Pontiff would provide ample fodder for observational humor. Instead, the film focuses on the chosen man’s crisis of confidence. Since that man is played by the great Michel Piccoli, this idea, too, offers great promise.

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