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Bethlehem

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 7, 2014 12:02 AM
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In the provocative thriller "Bethlehem," there is no room for sentiment and loyalties can shift at a moment’s notice.

Prince Avalanche

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 9, 2013 12:03 AM
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"Prince Avalanche" is a difficult film to pigeonhole, and that's part of its appeal.

Greta's New Wave: Frances Ha

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 17, 2013 9:27 PM
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Noah Baumbach, who made an impressive directorial debut with "The Squid and the Whale," continues to blaze his own trail with an effervescent little film called "Frances Ha," which he wrote with its star, Greta Gerwig.

Damsels In Distress—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 6, 2012 1:19 AM
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It’s difficult to know what to make of Whit Stillman’s 'Damsels in Distress'. When I screened it for my class at USC my students’ reaction was all over the map. One young woman said it was possibly the worst movie she’d ever seen, while a young man raised his hand to say that he loved it; many others echoed their sentiments. I fall somewhere in between those two extremes.

Declaration Of War—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 2, 2012 6:02 PM
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It’s been decades since television created a genre that pundits labeled “disease-of-the-week” movies. Cable networks such as Lifetime have kept the form alive, because such stories are natural fodder for relatable drama, while medical TV shows have never gone out of style.

Pariah—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 5, 2012 6:21 PM
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Although its title may be off-putting to some people, the main character in 'Pariah'—as played by glowing newcomer Adepero Oduye—is so emotionally open and real that you can’t help responding to her. First-time feature filmmaker Dee Rees has crafted a movie that is consistently riveting because it is steeped in truth. She and her cast never once strike a false note.

The 11 Best Films You May Have Missed In 2011

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 27, 2011 2:26 PM
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The folks at Huffington Post asked me to provide a list of the 11 best films people might have missed this year, and I was happy to oblige. If you’re a discerning moviegoer who lives in a community with a specialty theater (or art house, as we used to call them), you may have seen some of the titles on my list. But there are some smaller, more offbeat pictures, that fly under the radar of even avid film buffs. Because they don’t have major marketing budgets—or, in most cases, marquee stars—they have no presence on billboards, bus stops, magazine covers, or talk shows. Some are home-grown and some are foreign-made; many are serious but others take a lighter approach to the stories they present.

film review: Catfish

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

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 6, 2009 11:59 AM
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Trucker is an emblematic American indie film. It offers a juicy leading role to an actress who usually works in mainstream Hollywood fare, and completely fulfills its modest ambitions. Writer-director James Mottern has crafted a vivid, credible character study of a young woman whose fierce independent streak has led her to a career that allows her to live life on her own terms as a truck driver, while steering her away from long-term relationships. Saddling her with the sudden...

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