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Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Stan & Ollie (2018) You might think I'm an easy mark as a lifelong fan of Laurel Hardy, but in fact that makes me more demanding. I rarely find Hollywood biopics satisfying. But I love this movie, and still can't get over what an incredible job the lead actors did‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
73% Destroyer (2018) The casting is unusually good, but that's the only positive aspect of Destroyer I can point out. Apart from that, it's a psychological take on a cops-and-robbers story that I could have done without‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
81% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Capernaum, which roughly translates to "chaos," is a deeply empathetic movie, made all the more remarkable by Labaki's work with non-professional actors.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
71% On the Basis of Sex (2019) On the Basis of Sex is a pretty good movie that has the distinction of being eclipsed by a recent documentary on the same subject. This dramatization was sanctioned by Justice Ginsburg but that endorsement doesn't deliver a fully satisfying film‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
63% Vice (2018) McKay seems to delight in playing with his audience and our expectations, veering from farce to the blackest kind of comedy. Vice manages to be highly entertaining while offering considerable food for thought. That's no small feat.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It may be a back-handed compliment to say it was better than I thought it would be, but that's the truth. I wish Disney hadn't made this film at all, but I'm glad they put it in the hands of talented people who knew what was at stake and gave it their all‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
66% The Mule (2018) The Mule exists because of the amazingly durable star-power of Clint Eastwood, who still has what it takes on both sides of the camera.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) For once, a movie lives up to its hype. Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse is the most spectacular animated feature I've ever seen‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) This is a universal, essentially timeless tale, exquisitely mounted and perfectly cast. It comes to American theaters with a justifiable reputation as one of the year's best.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
96% Roma (2018) 'Roma' literally took my breath away. It is a masterwork by one of the world's most versatile filmmakers, and will be justifiably praised as the best film of 2018.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
90% Widows (2018) 'Widows' is a good movie, if not a great one, with an excellent cast. Incidentally, my wife and daughter saw all the movie's story twists and reveals coming a mile away. I did not. Is that evidence of female intuition? Perhaps. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
81% Green Book (2018) Green Book is the kind of movie that leaves you with a feeling of elation. That doesn't happen enough, and when it does, it is often accompanied by a heavy dose of sentiment. Not this time. This is pure entertainment‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
70% Bleed For This (2016) Bleed for This is still worth seeing, despite its familiar trappings.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody may not be a great film (and I have no idea how accurate it is) but it's definitely entertaining. This is a celebration of the music Queen created and the man whose voice and presence will never be forgotten. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
77% Mid90s (2018) Though not everyone will be able to connect to the time and story on a personal level, it's extremely well done and feels real. That's the highest compliment I could pay to any first-time writer and director-even one as well-known as Jonah Hill‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
98% Border (Gräns) (2018) John Ajvide Lindqvist's new film is a dark, twisted fairy tale that is worth watching so long as you know that it's no Disney fable-and it is definitely not for children. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) The Guilty is a clever, thoroughly engrossing film from Denmark that marks the directorial debut of Swedish-born Gustav Möller, who also co-wrote the screenplay.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
88% First Man (2018) First Manis one of this year's must-see movies: a quietly profound drama that pays tribute to one of America's all-time greatest achievements.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
68% Beautiful Boy (2018) The story is heartbreaking, especially for a parent, but even the most empathetic viewer may find this well-meaning picture tiring after a while. It won't be because of the stellar performances.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) The best compliment I can give the new version of A Star is Born is that I didn't mind it. The harshest word is "forgettable.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The Old Man & the Gun is a vehicle in the best sense of that term, a good story that showcases its leading man to best advantage.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
32% The Predator (2018) Genre fans may enjoy this as a weekend time-filler, or in the future on an airplane. I regret that I devoted nearly two hours to a promising picture that wound up being so mediocre.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
54% The Bookshop (2018) A film that makes itself so predictable can only overcome this obstacle through atmosphere, performance, and abundance of charm or style. The Bookshop has some of those qualities but not enough, sorry to say‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2018
23% The Happytime Murders (2018) There is nothing happy about The Happytime Murders, I regret to say, and that's a real shame. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
100% Restoring Tomorrow (2018) In a time of cynicism and divisiveness, I found Restoring Tomorrow to be genuinely inspiring. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
84% The Wife (2018) If you admire great acting, The Wife is worth a look. It does not bear scrutiny, but it's not a waste of time when you get to spend quality time with these superb actors.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
83% Juliet, Naked (2018) Although the comedic elements run the gamut from subtle to broad, the characters remain believable throughout. There is an unforced quality to the film that I find very appealing: it's fresh and original, and the cast simply couldn't' be better‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians is a social breakthrough that might be compared to this year's Black Panther. It may not be a great film but it will serve as a flag-bearer for yet another underserved sector of our population. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Spike Lee is an audacious filmmaker who crosses boundaries and deliberately blurs drama and reality. Never has this been more effective than in BlacKkKlansman, which defies a number of rules and offers a punch in the gut instead. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
72% Christopher Robin (2018) The word "charm" doesn't apply to very many movies these days, but it's precisely that quality-and an avoidance of treacly sentiment-that makes the new Disney feature Christopher Robin so enjoyable‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
83% Puzzle (2018) I'm an unabashed Kelly Macdonald fan. If you share my admiration for her, Puzzle is a must-see.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Tom Cruise is really good at running. This is what people refer to as perfect summer entertainment: big, long, splashy, and (overall) fun.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
80% Love, Cecil (2018) Cecil Beaton is one of those names that rings out in any history of 20th century art and culture. This entertaining and candid film explains why.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) This is a visually appealing, thoroughly innocuous movie that you could safely take your grandmother to see. But I predict that it will have the staying power of Grease 2. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Joaquin Phoenix gives another incredible performance in this excellent new film from Gus Van Sant. The actor is a true chameleon and always believable.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Here's the surprising good news: lightning has struck twice. Everything I enjoyed about the first movie is repeated successfully. It's funny, imaginative, full of action-not violent action-and knockout visual effects that serve the story‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Debra Granik is an exceptional filmmaker. Her output is small but each film is resolute and genuine. Her latest, Leave No Trace, maintains the high standards she's set. Leave No Trace is one of the best films I've seen this year. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) I must admit, Del Toro is so good he almost makes the film worth seeing. Almost. A fair amount of effort went into this production, but the results are simply unsatisfying. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
58% Always at the Carlyle (2018) Writer-director Matthew Miele...is a provocateur who tries to get the ultra-discreet staff to spill some secrets with only middling results-but it's fun to see him try.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
80% Pressing On: The Letterpress Film (2016) The directors of Pressing On also appreciate the beauty of the moving parts as these majestic apparatuses...bring signs, posters, and other printed matter to life.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
92% Saving Brinton (2018) Iowa-based directors Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne celebrate their home state and provide us with a lovely slice of Americana in this entertaining feature.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) This is an entertaining, well-made movie that's a model of family entertainment. Writer-director Brad Bird, who made his Pixar debut with The Incredibles in 2004, has come up with a fresh take on his ground-breaking story of a superhero clan‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Neville takes us on a highly emotional journey through its subject's life and almost-accidental television career, which blossomed far beyond his expectations. Fred Rogers remains a beacon and role model for anyone who wants to help shape young lives‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Dinosaurs are dangerous and people are greedy. Got that? It's the foundation of Fallen Kingdom and if that mantra sounds way too familiar (and obvious), it's the answer to why this film isn't better. By the two-thirds mark I was bored‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
88% American Animals (2018) This clever, twisty, incredible-but-true story also explores the nature of friendship and the difficulty of pulling off a crime. It's smart entertainment, a nice piece of counter-programming in the midst of so many mass-audience blockbusters.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) If you're going to introduce a prequel to the Star Wars saga in a different way than anyone has tried before, you'd better deliver the goods. Solo does exactly that. I think the magic key can be summed up in one word: casting. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Nearly everything about the original Deadpool was fresh and funny, from the opening credits to the parody of Marvel movie finales. Deadpool 2 suffers the fate of so many sequels: we've seen its best ideas before.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 19, 2018
93% Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story (2018) Love & Elephants has a message to impart but it's never preachy or pedantic. It accomplishes its goals with heartfelt enthusiasm. What more could one ask of a documentary?‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) All I know is that Marvel has lived up to its reputation for daring its filmmakers to break boundaries, and trusting its audience to go along for the ride. I don't think fans will be disappointed.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) Simplicity is not in vogue among today's filmmakers, but The Rider is so consistently good that it has wowed critics and audiences on the film festival circuit. Just don't approach it with outsized expectations.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018