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Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
27% The Comedian (2017) The film is a series of vignettes which occasionally show life and spark but eventually grow tiresome. There isn't much to take away from The Comedian except a reminder that De Niro remains the ultimate cinematic chameleon. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Jan 14, 2017
83% Julieta (2016) Julieta may not be one of Almodóvar's best efforts but it is still quite good, and that's no insult. It's a haunting story that's well worth seeing ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Jan 5, 2017
96% Paterson (2016) Adam Driver is disarmingly sincere as a simple man who finds a meaningful outlet through poetry--and it's the filmmaker's ability to find something pleasing, possibly beautiful, in the ordinary that makes the movie worthwhile ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Dec 29, 2016
92% Hidden Figures (2017) This film is designed to rouse an audience, and I can't see how it can fail to do so. The heroines of this tale are both admirable and likable, what the movie may lack in nuance it makes up for in good will ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Dec 25, 2016
90% 20th Century Women (2017) Ultimately, the value of 20th Century Women is that it provides Annette Bening with a prime showcase. It's worth seeing just to watch her grapple with this challenging character ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Dec 25, 2016
33% Live By Night (2017) Genuinely exciting chases and action scenes as well as a talented supporting cast can't save this film. It's a shame the effort that went into it doesn't pay off ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Dec 25, 2016
87% A Monster Calls (2017) I wanted to be swept up in the emotions of the piece but I never was. I cry easily at movies, yet this one kept me at a distance, perhaps because it covers such familiar ground ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Dec 23, 2016
40% Why Him? (2016) I was not expecting to enjoy this film, but I have to admit, Why Him? is likeable and funny. While the film isn't destined to be a critical darling, it succeeded in making me laugh ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Dec 22, 2016
83% Silence (2017) Scorsese has given us a rare and extraordinary gift. Silence transported me to another time and place and gave me great empathy for its leading characters. It is the pinnacle of personal filmmaking ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Dec 22, 2016
79% Patriots Day (2017) It's hard not to respond with tears seeing how individuals-and a community-faced with tragedy pull their lives back together. I found it humbling. Patriots Day packs an emotional wallop ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Dec 22, 2016
31% Passengers (2016) This movie runs just under two hours and its resolution, which comes with surprising abruptness, leaves us wanting. Star power and cool sets cannot support a movie without a good third act. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Dec 21, 2016
70% Sing (2016) Some animated features have staying power as parents can confirm from the number of times their kids want to revisit the movies at home. This slick production, directed by Garth Jennings, is more like fast food-easily digested and just as easily forgotten ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Dec 21, 2016
95% Fences (2016) Electrifying performances from Denzel Washington, Viola Davis and a stunning cast-enacting one of the great 20th century American plays-make Fences a must-see ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Dec 17, 2016
96% Neruda (2016) Neruda offers a captivating and unusual approach to a famous person's life. I know little about the poet but I fell under this movie's sway ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Dec 16, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) Jackie begins at a fever pitch and never lets up. What Noah Oppenheim's dazzling screenplay & Pablo Lorrain's direction manage to thrust us back in time and make us see a series of historical events in a way we never have before ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
87% Lion (2016) What do you call a movie that has a great first act and a moving finale but bogs down on the way to that conclusion? In this case, you call it Lion. I say this with regret, because the true story it tells is remarkable and it's a shame the film is flawed ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
88% Elle (2016) Elle is an outrageous mix of psychological thriller and character study in which that character is a mass of contradictions. Only an actress as skillful as Huppert could play her to the hilt and not repel us ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Tom Ford masters this tricky narrative by establishing two separate, completely tangible environments. What's more, he maintains a consistent tone for both facets of this seductive story ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) This is without question my favorite film of the year ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) Is a portrait of life written with cut-to-the-bone honesty. That's what makes Moonlight so arresting ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) My reaction to this movie is mixed, at best. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) It's a film you'll want to discuss and debate with your friends. The message may not be original but the methodology certainly is. A movie doesn't have to spell everything out for me if I get a sense that the filmmaker is offering me something to ponder ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Bravo to Warren Beatty for making an original and highly pleasing piece of entertainment. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Nov 29, 2016
90% Certain Women (2016) The drama is low-key and the issues far from extraordinary, but the characters are real and recognizable. What's more, they are brought to life by talented actresses who understand Reichardt's less-is-more approach to storytelling. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Oct 17, 2016
86% Christine (2016) The film doesn't pretend to offer answers or solutions, nor is it a cautionary tale: it is a straightforward dramatization of this unfortunate woman's life and it is spine-tinglingly good. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Oct 14, 2016
51% The Accountant (2016) Director Gavin O'Connor handles all of this efficiently but the protracted screenplay and unlikely story twists do him no favors. We're left with a cluttered, unsatisfying mess. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Oct 14, 2016
100% Tower (2016) Whether we're talking about fictional filmmaking or documentaries, Tower is one of the best films of the year. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Oct 13, 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Even a phalanx of good actors can't save this-less than-Magnificent Seven... ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Sep 25, 2016
77% London Road (2016) Truth be told, London Road, is a musical unlike any other and lead Olivia Coleman is a first-rate artistic chameleon worthy of being noticed... ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Sep 18, 2016
89% Miss Stevens (2016) A radiant Lily Rabe is a stand out in this diverting movie fare... ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Sep 18, 2016
76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) A bit formulaic? Perhaps. Still... a lot to like here for Bridget Jones's fans, including Dempsey, who slips into the role of another suitor with charm and aplomb... ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Sep 17, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) Stone's Snowden comes off especially tame... familiar ground with nothing of note revealed... unusual given the filmmaker's past undertakings. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Sep 17, 2016
43% The Hollars (2016) Krasinski has fashioned one of the better films to view this summer, underscored by the performances of a dream cast... ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Aug 26, 2016
93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) An absorbing visual treatise on technology and the internet... Documentarian Herzog explores the effect on individual lives to the interconnectedness of the planet. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Aug 19, 2016
25% Ben-Hur (2016) Ben-Hur plays out, far from a modern day classic, but as spirited summer fare for an entertaining afternoon at the movies.... ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Aug 19, 2016
97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Stop-motion animation touches the next stage of excellence in Kubo. It all works: storytelling, direction, voice talent... the totality of artistry... ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Aug 19, 2016
86% Pete's Dragon (2016) A Disney vehicle that swoops in to fill us with a sense of wonder. .. Filmmaker Lowery has helmed a joyful re-imagining destined to be the delight of the summer... ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Aug 12, 2016
87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Streep is splendid in the titular role ... Grant is witty and nuanced, never hitting a false note, as her devoted husband and partner... ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Aug 11, 2016
93% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016) Richard Linklater's dreams are reflected on, in an examination of a singular filmmaker as independent as he is commercial. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Aug 7, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) Taken from a popular DC comic series... helmed by a star quality director... peppered with a highly skilled, all-star cast ... What could go wrong? Nearly everything. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Aug 7, 2016
2.25 56% Jason Bourne (2016) Action sequences-way too familiar-mixed with a plot-far too transparent-yields a not very exciting Bourne... ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Jul 29, 2016
99% Don't Think Twice (2016) Filmmaker Birbiglia has created his Annie Hall here... Funny, artfully entertaining and with widespread appeal... Don't Think Twice is the perfect movie for anyone on the hunt for a summer movie treat. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2.5 70% Café Society (2016) Production Designer Santo Loquasto produced an exquisite 1930's Hollywood and New York City; one of the best things about this latest Allen cinematic entree... ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Jul 15, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) A Ghostbuster team worth calling... this one's a comedic win... ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Jul 15, 2016
2.5 92% The Nice Guys (2016) Watching Crowe and Gosling-who are admittedly enjoying themselves in their respective roles-is fun, but the road wears thin along the journey... ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Jul 11, 2016
62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) 'Neighbors 2' surprises by mixing serious undertones in with the fun-stuff... Talents of Rogen and Byrne up the grade of this comedic follow-up. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Jul 11, 2016
51% Genius (2016) Documenting the inner life of creative artists and their world is challenging at best... 'Genius' manages to capture the grandiose dreams of both infamous writer, Wolfe, and his long-fabled editor... ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Jul 11, 2016
93% Life, Animated (2016) An emotionally powerful docudrama which shows an unexpected connectedness to Disney. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Jul 11, 2016
60% Roseanne for President! (2016) Told with intimacy and candor and a no holds barred approach, 'Roseanne for President!' is a winner. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Jul 11, 2016
82% Captain Fantastic (2016) A, tale-of-the-times, typical family living an atypical life... Mortensen is more than spot-on perfect for the role... kids and supporting players are terrific. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Posted Jul 11, 2016