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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

Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist And Rebel

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 2, 2010 2:39 AM
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  • 0 Comments
There are few people who can be credited with affecting real or lasting change in our culture. One of them is Hugh Hefner, an aspiring cartoonist who borrowed money to put out the first issue of a magazine called Playboy that became an overnight sensation back in the uptight 1950s. Hef became a celebrity, and used his success to promote his ideas and ideals; that’s the focus of Oscar-winning filmmaker Brigitte Berman’s new documentary, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel.

film review: The American

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 1, 2010 10:20 AM
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  • 30 Comments
film review: The American

film review: Flipped

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 27, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Because it shares a time period and sense of nostalgia with the well-remembered Stand By Me (1986), Flipped has been pegged as an official companion piece for director Rob Reiner. There’s some validity to this, especially since the soundtrack is filled with familiar oldies, which also added to the earlier film’s appeal.

film review: The Switch

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 20, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 4 Comments
The Switch is the kind of movie that gives romantic comedies a bad name. I won’t dwell on the welcome-to-the-21st century premise, in which a guy substitutes his sperm for that of an official donor as his so-called best friend is about to be inseminated. Nor will I comment on whether or not I ever want to hear the words “sperm” and “romantic comedy” in the same sentence again. I like Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman and don’t like to see them wasting their time in a mediocrity like—

film review: Eat Pray Love

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 13, 2010 4:01 AM
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  • 0 Comments
I don’t think one should have to read a novel in order to enjoy its screen adaptation, but if you have read a particular book, chances are you’re going to get more out of the film than someone who hasn’t. You’ll remember the experience you had as a reader and fill in some of the details the movie has skipped. Several female friends who’ve seen Eat Pray Love told me how much they loved Elizabeth Gilbert’s book and the movie (adapted by director Ryan Murphy in collaboration with Jennifer Salt). I can’t help but feel they had an advantage over me.

film review: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 13, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 2 Comments

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