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film review: Due Date

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 5, 2010 4:01 AM
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film review: Nora's Will

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 28, 2010 7:51 AM
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Indie and foreign films have a tougher time than ever in today’s marketplace, which is why I want to call your attention to an import that’s truly worth seeing—even though you may not have heard much about it. Nora’s Will has won a number of film festival awards, which got my attention. I also put considerable stock in Menemsha Films, the small, dedicated distributor that has taken on its U.S. release. They tell me that business actually increased after its first week at the Paris Theater in Manhattan because of strong word-of-mouth; now it’s opening at a number of Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles, with other cities to follow in the weeks and months ahead.

film review: Hereafter

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 22, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 4 Comments

film review: Conviction

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 15, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 4 Comments
I know, I know: this sounds like TV-movie fodder. But Conviction isn’t a formulaic feel-good saga. It is based on a true story that takes many unexpected turns, and I found it quite moving. Hilary Swank plays a working-class Massachusetts woman in the 1980s who vows to go back to school and earn a law degree so she can help her innocent brother beat a murder rap that’s put him in prison for life. Sam Rockwell is the brother, a lifelong hellraiser who can’t believe his sister has that kind of devotion—

film review: Secretariat

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 8, 2010 4:01 AM
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  • 5 Comments
The secret of this film’s success is that it isn’t just the saga of a famous, prize-winning horse; it’s also the story of his owner, a suburban housewife and mom who stepped into a man’s world and took charge of an animal she believed to be a champion. It documents a time in the late 1960s and early 70s, when social change was in the air, and women’s roles in society were changing, if slowly. Mike Rich’s screenplay captures the time quite well, as do all the visual details onscreen. Those qualities—plus an exceptionally good cast—lift this above the norm for sports movies and underdog tales.

film review: Nowhere Boy

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 8, 2010 4:00 AM
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I saw this film in the best possible way: I didn’t know what it was about before I attended an early screening. I found it to be a moving look at a teenage boy’s struggles with his splintered family in England during the 1960s. When I realized the protagonist was John Lennon, it made even more sense, as I remembered, in sketchy form, the story of his adolescence.

film review: It's Kind Of A Funny Story

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 8, 2010 3:59 AM
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film review: The Social Network

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 1, 2010 4:31 AM
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  • 4 Comments
The most talked-about film of the season turns out to be worthy of all that chatter, whether it be online or in person. The Social Network is a completely absorbing, high-octane drama about the invention of Facebook, as told from several points of view—and it’s that Rashomon-like approach that makes it especially intriguing.

film review: Let Me In

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 1, 2010 4:30 AM
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  • 6 Comments
Let Me In offers an unusual twist on the usual vampire tale. It’s gripping and unusual—unless you happen to have seen the Swedish film that inspired it, Let the Right One In, based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist. If you did catch that striking Swedish import two years ago, there isn’t much point to seeing the remake. Writer-director Matt Reeves, who made his reputation with Cloverfield, has wisely followed the original and made only a handful of (mostly inventive) deviations. I admire both his fidelity and his restraint.

film review—Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 24, 2010 4:00 AM
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I’m not a fan of sequels, by and large, but I suppose events of the past few years made it inevitable that someone would devise a followup to Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, which became a touchstone of its era. The new movie isn’t likely to have the same effect, as so many documentaries are covering the financial debacle, with more to come…but it certainly is entertaining.

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