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movie review: Project Nim

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 8, 2011 12:34 PM
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  • 1 Comment
If movies about talking cars or warlike robots don’t interest you, Project Nim is the latest documentary (following Buck) to offer a satisfying, adult alternative. It tells a story that is both stranger and more thought-provoking than most Hollywood fare.

movie review: Horrible Bosses

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 8, 2011 4:35 AM
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  • 12 Comments

movie review: Zookeeper

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 8, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 2 Comments
Kevin James has developed an irresistible screen persona as a nice-guy/underdog, which has served him well in some pretty mediocre films like Paul Blart: Mall Cop. In that context, Zookeeper is a quantum leap forward, a likable, PG-rated comedy that parents and kids can enjoy together. Is it formulaic? Absolutely. Does it pass muster as entertaining summer family fare? Yes it does, and compared to some of the sludge now polluting multiplexes, it positively shines.

movie review: Larry Crowne

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 1, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 7 Comments

movie review: Terri

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 1, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 0 Comments
John C. Reilly’s presence in a movie is almost a guarantee that you’re going to see something interesting. He has good taste and is willing to challenge himself, even if the films are modest in scale. One could scarcely find a movie more modest than Terri, but it’s extremely well-wrought and offers Reilly a plum part.

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 29, 2011 6:00 AM
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  • 41 Comments
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movie review: CARS 2

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 24, 2011 4:34 AM
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  • 22 Comments
I have such high regard for Pixar and its creative team, led by John Lasseter, that it actually hurts to knock one of their movies—something I’ve never done before. But then, I’ve never gotten a headache watching any of their previous films. Despite

movie review: Bad Teacher

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 24, 2011 4:25 AM
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  • 12 Comments
I’ve always liked Cameron Diaz, who brings a spark to every part she plays, but she’s only as good as her material, and Bad Teacher is bad news for her and her fans. I was wary going in, as I tend to be whenever a Hollywood movie announces through its advertising how “outrageous” it’s going to be. The only outrageous thing about Bad Teacher is that director Jake Kasdan and two writers who earned an Emmy nomination for television’s The Office (Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg) could turn out such an obvious, heavy-handed, unfunny comedy.

movie review: A Better Life

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 24, 2011 4:20 AM
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A Better Life has more to offer than good intentions: it’s sincere and credible, which is more than I can say about an awful lot of movies. Yet something about it kept me at arm’s length: I felt the filmmakers’ presence instead of losing myself in the story. Is that because, like director Chris Weitz, I am not part of the world he’s depicting but an outsider looking in? Or is it because the trajectory of this melancholy film is so predictable?

movie review: BUCK

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 23, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 0 Comments
Some years ago, Robert Redford made an excellent movie called The Horse Whisperer, based on Nicholas Evans’ novel. It turns out that a horseman named

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