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film review: Iron Man 2

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 7, 2010 4:01 AM
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  • 13 Comments
The best thing I can say about Iron Man 2 is also the worst thing I can say about it: it’s a sequel. Kids will probably like it fine; there’s plenty of action and it’s easy to follow. But big-league comic-book movies want to appeal to adults as well as kids these days, and it’s not easy to serve both constituencies.

film review: Mother And Child

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 7, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 0 Comments
I love the work of writer-director Rodrigo Garcia, and bemoan the fact that more people haven’t seen his female-centric anthology films Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her and Nine Lives. It’s evident that actors are familiar with his efforts, however, because the best and the brightest want to work with him. For Mother and Child, he has narrowed his focus to three parallel (and overlapping) stories, and once again he’s attracted great actresses to star: Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, and Kerry Washington.

film review: Please Give

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 30, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 2 Comments
I’ve enjoyed all of Nicole Holofcener’s previous films (Walking and Talking, Lovely & Amazing, Friends With Money) but she has outdone herself with Please Give. Her characters are real, richly drawn, and utterly relatable—but Holofcener is generous and tries not to judge them, leaving that—

Romantic Comedy—French Style

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 22, 2010 5:21 AM
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  • 2 Comments

film review: Kick-Ass

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 16, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 8 Comments
At the risk of sounding completely un-cool, I must admit I had wildly mixed feelings about Kick-Ass. I understand the filmmakers’ desire to fulfill fanboys’ fantasies and, at the same time, provide shock value for the rest of the audience—especially anyone who might be offended by mind-numbing violence or truly crude language from the lips of an 11-year-old girl. But the two concepts don’t easily gel.

film review: Catching Up With Movies, Both New...

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 15, 2010 5:40 AM
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  • 2 Comments
This is superior storytelling, with a definite point of view; there’s clearly a masterful hand at work behind the camera. And nobody portrays dread, or a sense of unease, quite like Polanski.

Date Night

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 9, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Tina Fey and Steve Carell are talented, likable performers. We already know how funny they can be, but in Date Night they prove to be capable actors, as well, utterly believable as a suburban New Jersey couple caught up in the drone of daily life. A night out on the town in Manhattan leads to the comic chaos that propels this movie. “Chaos” is the operative word here, as screenwriter Josh Klausner, who apprenticed with the Farrelly Brothers, throws our unsuspecting couple into one extreme situation after another—from dodging gangsters’ bullets to—

film review: Clash Of The Titans

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 2, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 6 Comments

film review: How To Train Your Dragon

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 26, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 6 Comments
If you want to see truly effective, creative use of 3-D, run to the nearest theater playing this movie. The folks at DreamWorks Animation know what they’re doing in this arena, and their films are designed with 3-D in mind from the very start; it isn’t an afterthought, and I for one can tell the difference. (Even Monsters vs. Aliens, which I didn’t care for, had terrific 3-D visuals.)

film review—Greenberg

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 19, 2010 5:39 AM
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  • 2 Comments
Sometimes a film takes time to sink in. I didn’t dislike Greenberg while I was watching it—although its central character did get on my nerves a bit. But in the days that followed, I found myself thinking about the people in the story, and how fully developed they were. They seemed genuine, as tangible as the carefully-chosen Los Angeles locations in which the story unfolds. One can’t help but admire that quality.

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