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The Big Year—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 14, 2011 4:32 AM
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  • 5 Comments

Footloose—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 14, 2011 4:22 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Does the world really need a remake of Footloose? I would answer no, but I must also admit that the new movie is innocuous and pleasant-enough to watch. Writer-director Craig Brewer, who made the disarming Hustle & Flow, has taken Dean Pitchford’s 1984 screenplay and layered onto it some backstory ingredients that help it make more sense than the original. (There’s now a reason why the small town has banned dancing, and a purposefulness to the new kid’s outlook on life.)

The Skin I Live In—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 14, 2011 4:18 AM
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  • 2 Comments

The Ides Of March—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 7, 2011 12:36 PM
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  • 21 Comments

Real Steel—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 7, 2011 4:32 AM
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  • 2 Comments
From the billboards you might think thisis another Transformers movie—heaven help us—when in fact, Real Steel is a cross between Rocky and The Champ. It’s formulaic and unashamedly manipulative, but it’s played with sincerity…and it works.

The Women On The 6th Floor—DVD Review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 7, 2011 4:28 AM
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  • 6 Comments

What’s Your Number?—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 30, 2011 4:40 AM
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  • 3 Comments

50/50—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 30, 2011 4:35 AM
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  • 4 Comments

Take Shelter—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 30, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Take Shelter is a provocative original from writer-director Jeff Nichols, built on the foundation of a searing performance by Michael Shannon. It’s a film I respect, even though I found it very tough to sit through. That’s because Nichols creates a palpable sense of unease—which is exactly what he sets out to do.

The Little Movie That Could—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 29, 2011 4:39 AM
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  • 9 Comments
It isn’t often that I designate myself a movie’s advocate, but that’s how strongly I feel about an underdog release called Tucker and Dale vs Evil, which begins a limited theatrical engagement on Friday. (It’s already available On Demand, so check your local cable provider.) A film that played to cheering crowds at Sundance and South by Southwest over a year ago shouldn’t have had to wait this long to reach the public, but that’s the bittersweet story I just learned from its co-writer and director, Eli Craig.

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