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Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
79% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) This is heartwarming family fare for this holiday season: not a mindless piece of fluff but an intriguing story about a man whose work continues to resonate with readers (and filmgoers) around the world.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
86% Darkest Hour (2017) This ambitious film takes what we know as history and captures the immediacy and uncertainty of that fateful period. But the real strength ofDarkest Hour-and the reason it must be seen-is Gary Oldman. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
96% Coco (2017) Pixar movies always look good, butCocois in a class by itself. Ablaze with eye-popping color, every widescreen frame is filled with richly detailed settings and appealing characters. This film is truly a celebration ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
85% Wonder (2017) The slogan "choose kind" is not just a tagline; it's a byword for our times and I wish more movies would preach that message. Wonderis a beautiful movie. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
98% Mudbound (2017) Mudboundis easy to admire but tough to watch at times. It tells a truthful tale from America's not-so-distant past. The highest compliment I can pay Rees is that her movie feels truthful. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
41% Justice League (2017) The filmisn't perfect, and with so many details and characters-bordering on the edge of clutter-is ripe for nit-picking. But on the whole I had a good time.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
94% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) You never know what to expect from Martin McDonough, and that's one reason this film is so striking. He offers a consistently off-kilter view of human behavior, brought to life by a first-rate ensemble cast‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Marvel is too smart to completely undermine the serious matters at stake for its stable of characters, but confident enough to play with them a bit. Thor Ragnarok has a personality all its own, and I suspect Marvel fans will love every minute.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
100% Lady Bird (2017) It isn't every day you see a film so attuned to the outsized drama of adolescent life. The film is bursting with life and rich in observations both large and small. Kudos to Gerwig and all of her collaborators‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
75% Last Flag Flying (2017) It's a pleasure to watch Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne. Richard Linklater may be known for his vivid portraits of youth, but here he tackles an equally daunting subject with considerable success: manhood. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
92% Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) Griffin Dunne's exemplary film has made me want to dive into Joan Didion's work; that's the highest compliment I could pay any documentary‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
26% Suburbicon (2017) There's no use beating about the bush: I really didn't like this movie. It tries to embrace both social satire and black comedy but its tone is strangely somber and its approach heavy-handed.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
87% Novitiate (2017) Novitiate is a solid and nuanced drama that enables us to experience a world most of us know little or nothing about. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
80% The Square (2017) This is a sly social satire that demands patience from its audience, but like last year's Toni Erdmann, there are ample rewards for those who stay the course. I wish The Square was shorter, but its major set pieces are brilliant.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
89% Only the Brave (2017) Only the Brave is not a hollow Hollywood action movie: it's a tribute to a group of men, and their supportive women, who made a difference. Watching the film is a humbling and intensely moving experience.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
89% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) I found this film absolutely mesmerizing. If you're any kind of film buff, 78/52 is a must-see.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
8% The Snowman (2017) This is a muddled adaptation of Jo Nesbø's best-selling thriller. I'm hard pressed to remember another police procedural that was so dull, or so encumbered in trying to tell its story.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
72% Wonderstruck (2017) It's always discouraging when I don't care for a film that was clearly a labor of love for the talented people involved. I was anticipating an emotional and immersive experience and didn't get it.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
100% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) I don't need a thesaurus to describe my reaction to Faces Places. I can sum it up in two words: pure pleasure.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) There's no denying that this is fascinating material, the kind you couldn't and wouldn't make up--Writer-director Angela Robinson has taken on a formidable challenge in telling this story‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
83% Marshall (2017) I kept hoping that Marshall would take off and soar, which it never quite does... but it tells its story well. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) I loved this movie from the moment it started. Writer-director Noah Baumbach hits many resonant notes in this perceptive screenplay about a dysfunctional family. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
66% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) In the hands of these skillful filmmakers and a well-chosen cast, Goodbye, Christopher Robin tells a bittersweet story grounded in truth. Its handsome production may be genteel but it's far from bland. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
95% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project is one of this year's best films, a remarkable slice of life. If ever there were a sleeper deserving of wide recognition, this is it.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) I admire the hard work that went into this film by a team of people who are devotees of the original and strove to do it justice. Fans and admirers will weigh in en masse, I'm sure...but I found Blade Runner 2049 long and boring.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
87% American Made (2017) American Made gives director Doug Liman and charismatic star Tom Cruise a superior vehicle and plays to their strengths. It's a solid piece of entertainment that takes a stranger-than-fiction story and brings it to life in convincing fashion. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2017
98% Lucky (2017) Lucky is a remarkable film, a living testament to the talent and formidable screen presence of the late Harry Dean Stanton. I think we are the lucky ones to have such a beautiful film to remember the actor by.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2017
91% Our Souls at Night (2017) The screenplay unfolds in unhurried fashion, allowing us to spend quality time with two highly watchable movie stars. This is the allure of Our Souls at Night and anyone who thinks of that as a pleasurable experience will not be disappointed‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2017
65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Watching Dame Judi is a sheer delight, indeed a privilege, and is surrounded by a cast befitting her presence. Let the nay-sayers carp as they will: I thoroughly enjoyed Victoria & Abdul.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) The movie also suffers the disappointment that comes with any sequel: the novelty is gone. For Matthew Vaughn, too much is never enough. Excess, hand-in-hand with bad taste, marks most of his films, even when they're entertaining. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
68% mother! (2017) I don't want to invest another minute of my time thinking about Mother! I respect Aronofsky's gutsiness, and Lawrence's as well, but I found the movie to be an ordeal. All I want is to move on.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
31% Home Again (2017) Home Again is comedy in the comfort zone. Rather than cite all the things this movie doesn't have-I'd rather compliment Meyers-Shyer old-fashioned Hollywood movie that chooses to swim against the tide of the moment‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
34% American Assassin (2017) The only thing this film kills is time. I didn't believe a single moment and that's a shame because it arrives in theaters with a solid pedigree. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
50% The Glass Castle (2017) A deeply-felt adaptation of journalist Jeannette Walls's best-selling memoir about growing up with impoverished and irresponsible parents. An emotional high-wire act like this is tough for any movie to take on, the results are less than perfect.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
88% Wind River (2017) Tense, violent, well-staged, and suspenseful, Wind River is that rare bird nowadays: a good story well told. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
83% Detroit (2017) America's history of racial violence and police abuse is shameful, but a great film on the subject should do more than merely reenact one notorious incident. I think we are owed something more. I wish Detroit provided that, but it doesn't‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) Dunkirk left me feeling vaguely dissatisfied, with too many unanswered questions. For me it missed the big picture. If that means I'm swimming against the tide, so be it.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
86% Okja (2017) This heavy-handed and unfunny film is a very strange movie for any audience, young or old. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) The Big Sick is bracingly funny, heartrending, and intelligent, a perfect alternative to the pirates, mummies, and other creatures inhabiting multiplexes this summer. No wonder it was the runaway hit of this year's Sundance Film Festival.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
93% SCORE: A Film Music Documentary (2017) I would recommend Score: A Film Music Documentary to any and every film buff.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
75% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Disarming in its simplicity while simultaneously being thoughtful and provocative--the skill of its execution make it compelling, even suspenseful at times. Whether or not you accept the conclusion is up to you.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
100% My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) (2017) I was glued to the screen from start to finish and when it was over I wanted more. If you love film you can't afford to miss the experience of seeing Bertrand Tavernier's Journey Through French Cinema, especially on a theater screen‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
92% Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (2017) I was mesmerized by this film--it's an exceptional piece of work, not to be missed. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) This film tells two stories, both fascinating. Morrison's purposeful editing and story sense make Frozen Time a mesmerizing tale‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
67% Cars 3 (2017) Saying that Cars 3 is better than its predecessor isn't much of a compliment. What matters more is that it hearkens back to original 2006 Cars and winds up on a surprisingly thoughtful note.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
88% Maudie (2017) Maudie scores high for good intentions and solid work by its stars. Its story is one-of-a-kind but I wish I hadn't felt so conscious of the wheels turning as it unfolded.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
16% The Mummy (2017) Visual effects alone can't draw in an audience when a film is fatally overlong and we don't really care about the characters. I would offer one word of advice to the filmmakers, based on this cluttered remake of The Mummy: simplify.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
49% Churchill (2017) Any good actor can wear makeup prosthetics and perform mimicry; Cox becomes Churchill, and he makes this film worth seeing. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) The only wonder regarding this movie is that it could be so incredibly dull. I keep hoping DC will find a key to unlock the magic inherent in its great cast of characters. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
19% Baywatch (2017) This movie ought to be brainless summer fun. I'm sorry it isn't. No one expects Shakespearean dialogue or plotting in a movie based on the jiggly TV series of the 1990s, but even the breeziest summer escapism shouldn't be this stupid.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017