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Tower Heist

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 7, 2011 11:09 PM
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  • 2 Comments
I’ve seen great caper movies, and this isn’t one of them. As mainstream Hollywood studio movies go, Tower Heist isn’t bad, and it will probably fulfill most audience’s desire for escapist fare. But despite some good laughs here and there and a couple of neat plot twists, it’s just not as clever as it seems to think it is. Even a recurring cat-and-mouse exchange about chess between the bad guy (billionaire-investor Alan Alda) and the good guy (Robin Hood-ish thief Ben Stiller) doesn’t pay off with a really satisfying punchline.

A Classic is Born...on Masterpiece Contemporary

  • By Darwyn Carson
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  • November 6, 2011 2:03 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Guest Review by Darwyn Carson - Masterpiece Contemporary raises the bar with the tightly woven political thriller, "Page Eight" by writer-director David Hare.

Sarah’s Key Revisited

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 4, 2011 4:27 AM
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  • 2 Comments

The Rum Diary—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 28, 2011 1:55 PM
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  • 0 Comments

Like Crazy—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 28, 2011 7:09 AM
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  • 6 Comments

Puss In Boots—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 28, 2011 4:42 AM
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  • 3 Comments
Just when you were about to give up on 3-D—and the inflated price of admission to watch it on a theater screen—along comes a film that’s worth the money. In fact, it isn’t the story that makes Puss in Boots stand out, but the imaginative staging, especially in 3-D.

In Time—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 28, 2011 4:22 AM
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  • 12 Comments
Writer and sometimes-director Andrew Niccol fixates on the future and doesn’t offer a sunny outlook, whether it’s in Gattaca, The Truman Show, or S1m0ne. It should come as no surprise, then, that In Time is yet another trip into the dystopian world of tomorrow, where lifespan has replaced money as the commodity of choice, and people stop aging when they reach 25. If they’re lucky—or well-off—they can earn or exchange days, weeks, months, and even years, thereby extending their time on earth.

Anonymous—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 28, 2011 4:15 AM
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  • 2 Comments
There are great moments in Anonymous, from its arresting opening scene (with Derek Jacobi rushing into a Broadway theater and striding directly onstage) to recreations of the first performances ever given of Henry V and Hamlet before a spellbound throng of groundlings. I, too, was captivated during those thrilling scenes, which is why it’s so frustrating that Anonymous nearly drowns itself in a sea of confusion.

A Lost ‘Pharaoh’—Found

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 22, 2011 4:18 AM
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  • 6 Comments
The archeologists who extracted artifacts from King Tut’s Tomb couldn’t have been any more excited than the movie lovers who witnessed the rebirth of Ernst Lubitsch’s The Loves of Pharaoh Tuesday night at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, on the exact date of the movie palace’s 89th anniversary. Piecing this 1922 silent film epic back together has been a formidable project for German film preservationist Thomas Bakels of Alpha-Omega, who told me it was even more difficult than restoring Metropolis! It took five years to complete the digital reconstruction and clean-up, even after the Munich Filmmuseum had gone through the laborious process of combining elements of prints from around the globe.

Martha Marcy May Marlene—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 21, 2011 4:46 AM
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  • 3 Comments
Even if it had nothing else to offer, Martha Marcy May Marlene would be worth seeing to witness the debut of an extraordinary young actress, Elizabeth Olsen. But writer-director Sean Durkin’s feature, which earned him a Best Director prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has a lot going for it aside from this striking performance.

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