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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.

Dolphin Tale—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 23, 2011 7:59 AM
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  • 7 Comments
Not all family films are created equal. This one was inspired by the remarkable real-life story of a dolphin named Winter who washed ashore in Florida, had to have its tail amputated, and taught itself to swim even without the appendage. As it turns out, that wasn’t the end of Winter’s challenges.

Moneyball—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 23, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 5 Comments

Restless—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 16, 2011 4:37 AM
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  • 0 Comments
Restless is likeliest to appeal to young people who relate to the heightened emotions of its leading characters, a teenage girl and boy who share a budding relationship—and a fascination with death. That they are played by the wonderful Mia Wasikowska, looking like a young Mia Farrow or Jean Seberg, and promising newcomer Henry Hopper (Dennis Hopper’s son, in his film debut) helps a great deal.

Drive—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 16, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 106 Comments
Drive arrives with its credentials of cool all set: a hot star (Ryan Gosling) in the lead, a smart supporting cast, a Best Director prize from the Cannes Film Festival, and a stylish retro-noir look. These assets may hoodwink some audiences who don’t stop—or want to stop—to explore the emptiness of the movie or its incoherency.

Contagion—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 9, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 10 Comments
I can’t call Contagion as a feel-good movie. In fact, you won’t want to be feeling anything—or anyone—after seeing this cautionary tale about the spread of a deadly virus. But you won’t be able to take your eyes off the screen.

The Debt—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 31, 2011 4:31 AM
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  • 15 Comments
Sometimes a film seems to have everything going for it and still comes up short; such is the case with The Debt. Its credentials are impeccable: a fine cast headed by Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, and Jessica Chastain, just for starters, directed by John Madden, and written by three talented Brits, Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman, and Peter Straughan.

Higher Ground—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 30, 2011 4:24 AM
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  • 2 Comments
How stimulating, and utterly refreshing, it is to see a movie with a distinctly female voice that deals with faith, and how one woman grapples with it, through good times and bad, throughout the course of her life. That Vera Farmiga gives an honest, empathetic performance should come as no surprise; she is one of the most gifted and daring actresses of our time, as she’s proved in such films as 'Down to the Bone',' Breaking and Entering', and 'Up in the Air'. This movie allows her to add “director” to her résumé.

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