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movie review: Rejoice And Shout

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 3, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 1 Comment
What I don’t know about gospel music could fill a library, but I’m willing to learn, and the lively documentary called Rejoice and Shout is a perfect tutorial. What’s more,

movie review: Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 3, 2011 4:20 AM
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After years of DVD special features, even dedicated buffs may be somewhat blasé about a film that takes us behind the scenes to explore one man’s career…but this is no ordinary documentary, and its subject is no ordinary filmmaker. Jack Cardiff was a remarkable artist who grew up with the British movie industry and carved a niche for himself through his pioneering use of Technicolor, notably in the Michael Powell-Emeric Pressburger classics A Matter of Life and Death, The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus. He was the first cinematographer ever presented with an honorary Academy Award, in 2001.

movie review: The Hangover, Part II

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 27, 2011 4:31 AM
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  • 17 Comments
Unless moviegoers themselves are willing to shoulder some of the blame, it’s useless to try and figure out why The Hangover Part II is so bad. The film only exists because, after the hilarious 2009 movie broke box-office records for an R-rated comedy, its studio demanded a sequel. And if their instincts were correct, people will flock to see it this weekend. If your only arbiter of success is money earned, then the film will probably be considered a hit. If you factor quality into the equation, forget about it.

movie review: The Tree Of Life

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 27, 2011 4:15 AM
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  • 32 Comments

movie review: Kung Fu Panda 2

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 27, 2011 4:10 AM
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  • 3 Comments
It’s tricky to change the thrust—and the tone—of a story in its second installment, but I think the creators of Kung Fu Panda 2 have pulled it off. The first movie was

movie review—Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 20, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 14 Comments
Remember how fresh and novel Pirates of the Caribbean seemed in 2003? Remember the fun of seeing Johnny Depp’s off-the-wall portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow for the first time? It may be hard to think back that far, because the lumbering, pointless sequels have buried every trace of spontaneity and given us “more of the same” in heavy doses.

movie review: HESHER

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 13, 2011 7:12 AM
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  • 18 Comments
Some indie films seem to exist as exercises in strangeness, just to see how far they can go—and how long audiences will watch before screaming and running up the aisles. I stuck with Hesher till the bitter end, but I’m not proud of that achievement and wouldn’t recommend that anyone follow my lead.

movie review: Bridesmaids

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 13, 2011 4:20 AM
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  • 15 Comments
That sound you hear is me, heaving a sigh over yet another two-hour comedy that’s got about an hour of good material spread thin. Some smart, talented people collaborated on the film, including director Paul Feig (who’s also a good writer), producer Judd Apatow, and screenwriter and star Kristen Wiig, who created the script with Annie Mumolo. They clearly believe in what they’re doing, but judging from the results they can’t see the forest for the trees. I’m not even sure they can tell one tree from another; this mishmash of comedy styles and dramatic moments wanders all over the place. (It’s easy to see why. Like last year’s Get Him to the Greek and other Apatow productions, this one exposed—

movie review: Everything Must Go

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 13, 2011 4:15 AM
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  • 4 Comments
Will Ferrell’s brand of comedy doesn’t appeal to me, by and large. My favorites of his films are not the crowd-pleasers, but Stranger than Fiction, an offbeat comedy-drama, and Elf, a whimsical fable that required a sincere performance as much as comic knowhow.

movie review: The Beaver

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 6, 2011 4:30 AM
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  • 7 Comments
I didn’t want to read a word about The Beaver before seeing it, and I’m glad I went in “cold.” It’s a purposefully odd little film about mental illness and a broken family, made with care and obvious passion by Jodie Foster from a screenplay by Kyle Killen. There entire cast is good, but the centerpiece is a potent performance by Mel Gibson.

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