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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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  • 1 Comment
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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  • 0 Comments

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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  • 0 Comments
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.

film review: You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 22, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 10 Comments
I’m partial to Woody Allen, but that doesn’t mean I’m a pushover. I have some quibbles with his latest film, You Will Meet a Dark Stranger, but I had a good time watching it, and that’s what really matters. As usual, he has assembled an impressive cast and given them interesting roles to play. It’s a treat to watch Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Antonio Banderas, Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto, Lucy Punch, and a fine supporting cast in this mordantly amusing social roundelay set in London. If the whole isn’t quite as good as the sum of its parts, I’m not inclined to complain.

film review: The Town

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 17, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 10 Comments

film review: Never Let Me Go

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 17, 2010 3:59 AM
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  • 3 Comments
I came to this film knowing nothing about it, except that it was based on the highly-acclaimed novel by Kazuo Ishiguru. I had no foreknowledge of its story or premise—and I’m glad.

film review: Catfish

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 17, 2010 3:58 AM
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  • 4 Comments

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