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film review: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 14, 2010 4:00 AM
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If you know that this film comes from the team that gave you National Treasure, you have a pretty good idea of what to expect: a larger-than-life action yarn with special effects and a sense of humor. It isn’t my favorite kind of entertainment, but there’s a good reason Jerry Bruckheimer is successful: he (mostly) makes movies people pay money to see. Director Jon Turteltaub and a team of writers are clearly in sync with the producer’s m.o.

film review: The Kids Are All Right

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 9, 2010 4:00 AM
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Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are worth the price of admission to The Kids Are All Right all by themselves, as far as I’m concerned. That the film is so smart and entertaining is icing on the cake.

film review: Eclipse

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 30, 2010 1:00 AM
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I haven’t read Stephenie Meyer’s books, but I liked the first Twilight movie, so even though I’m not a card-carrying Twi-hard I have no axe to grind where this series is concerned. That said, I thought this new installment was incredibly boring. Woe to any newcomer who’s unfamiliar with the characters and situations, because Eclipse offers virtually no exposition. I suppose the filmmakers feel that only the faithful will bother to see it, but that’s no excuse for the complete lack of dramatic context.

film review: Toy Story 3

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 17, 2010 12:59 PM
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  • 6 Comments

film review: Cyrus

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 17, 2010 12:58 PM
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Cyrus is a movie destined to catch audiences off-guard. The presence of comedic performers like John C. Reilly and especially Jonah Hill may lead many viewers to expect a comedy—and laugh (as at least one preview audience did) at moments that aren’t intended to be funny. But filmmakers Jay and Mark Duplass have a surprise up their sleeve: they use these likable actors (along with Catherine Keener and Marisa Tomei) to win us over. Cyrus is actually a serious film with comic undertones…and it’s quite good.

film review: The Karate Kid

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 11, 2010 4:00 AM
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In today’s risk-averse movie business, we’re seeing more remakes than ever, including retreads of films that don’t seem that old (to some of us). After a screening of the new Karate Kid I asked a couple of ten-year-old boys if they knew the 1984 movie, and they did, thanks to DVDs and cable TV reruns. Interestingly enough, neither one wanted to compare one version with the other: they like them both. I do, too.

film review: Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 28, 2010 4:00 AM
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I have nothing against a juvenile action-adventure yarn with a touch of fantasy thrown in, and while I can’t pretend to get inside the head of a 12-year-old boy, I enjoy summoning my inner child whenever such a film has great spirit and rousing action scenes. This one, I’m sorry to say, feels mechanical in its storytelling, and presents us with heroes and villains that are “types” rather than genuine, fleshed-out characters one can care about.

film review: Sex And The City 2

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 27, 2010 4:00 AM
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Some films are considered critic-proof: in other words, they’re going to succeed no matter what anyone says. Sex and the City 2 is a prime example. I presume that the huge, mostly female crowds that rushed to see the first feature-length adaptation of Darren Star’s racy TV series two years ago will be back in equal force for this followup, even though, like so many sequels, it isn’t as good.

film review: Solitary Man

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 21, 2010 4:00 AM
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Michael Douglas has nothing to fear, so he’s perfectly willing to play a role other actors might run away from: a 60-ish New Yorker who’s a complete and utter louse. Once he married his college sweetheart and owned a string of car dealerships; now all he’s got left is his gift of gab, which can still win over almost any woman, young or old. But without a moral compass, he makes one bad decision after another, causing his personal and professional life to crumble…and he has no one to blame but himself.

film review: Holy Rollers

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 21, 2010 4:00 AM
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A good movie starts with an idea. In the case of Holy Rollers, a news item about a drug bust involving Hasidic Jews from Brooklyn, New York inspired a novice producer to believe that this could be the springboard for a film…and he was right. Holy Rollers is a piece of fiction inspired by that factual incident. It’s modest in its ambitions but realizes them fully, in a deceptively simple, stragithforward film that’s both satisfying and thought-provoking.

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