Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin
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T-Meter Title | Year
100% Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) I am grateful to Sophie Huber for opening my eyes-and ears. She has made a memorable film that jazz buffs shouldn't miss. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
79% Late Night (2019) Mindy Kaling has written perfectly-tailored starring roles for herself and the great Emma Thompson in Late Night, a smart comedy that manages to be relevant without forgetting to be funny - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) I was never an aficionado of Japanese monster movies, but this overstuffed turkey makes me long for the original imports I saw as a kid. Two hours wasted: that's how I feel. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
96% My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) [Director Joseph H. Lewis'] approach to this material elevates a B picture to new heights. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
69% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) Moe Berg has been the subject of several biographies but I confess that his story was new to me. I found it mesmerizing and can't think of another public figure whose biography contains so many surprises and revelations. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
63% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) This film is enjoyable if not terribly believable, & manages to take potshots at the dumbing-down of our society while spinning its fanciful tale. That's Arcand at his best, and if he's coasting a bit with this trifle I'm not going to complain - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) In real life, Elton John is not only a great songwriter and showman; he is a survivor. But the celebratory final moments of Rocketman can't compensate for the often-dreary narrative that leads up to them - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) If there were ever a movie designed to please its target audience, Endgame is an emblematic example. Anthony & Joe Russo manage to juggle the many components of this mosaic with finesse, & despite the outsized running time the movie seldom lags. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
93% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) I can't begin to express the impact Be Natural had on me. I knew of Alice Guy-Blaché but had only a nodding acquaintance with her work. I am grateful to Pamela Green for opening my eyes. This is a revelatory film - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
64% Peterloo (2019) Peterloois a difficult film to cozy up to, especially when you know the fate of the central characters. It succeeds more as a historical treatise than as a piece of entertainment. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! wants to be slick & smartassy except when it suddenly chooses to be warm and sincere-like a TV commercial for some medication or life insurance. You can't have it both ways but this film repeatedly tries to do so. This movie is a muddle - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
93% Diane (2019) Diane is consistently absorbing but low-key, that won't appeal to some people . It's a compassionate character study that showcases one of the most endearing of all contemporary actresses, and that's what makes it well worth seeing - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
27% Clash of the Titans (2010) Clash of the Titans has a vigorous and spectacular story to tell. The film has its lulls, and cheesy moments, but for the most part it's entertaining. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Disney's new live-action Dumbo isn't awful, but it isn't very good, either. Why waste so much money and talent on a film that is foredoomed to take second place to a classic? - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
94% Us (2019) When 'Us' was over I didn't feel a sense of satisfaction. Perhaps that's because Peele packed more into his dense screenplay than was absolutely necessary. It's self-consciously clever, and strictly on a gut level, the movie left me wanting - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
27% The Aftermath (2019) British director James Kent and his colleagues have mounted an unusually handsome production with beautiful people in the foreground. But The Aftermath sacrifices substance for soap opera, and the results are mediocre at best - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) The Mustangtells its richly textured story in just 96 minutes. No more is required; it is one of the most satisfying movies I've seen this year. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) As a parent, I wish a film like this had been made when my daughter was young. In Captain Marvel, Brie Larson plays a woman who comes to learn that the most important power she possesses has been inside her all along - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
75% Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People (2019) Joseph Pulitzer was a social reformer and a scandal-monger at the same time. That his name lives on as a synonym for excellence in journalism is a great tribute and, as we learn from this excellent documentary, a great irony - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
98% Apollo 11 (2019) The moon landing was a unifying event for our country, the likes of which we haven't seen again. If you want to have an uplifting experience-truly, and no pun intended-seeApollo 11and be sure to see it in IMAX. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) A striking new female character is ready for action in a fantastic-looking movie. Cameron and Rodriguez were the right team to bring this story to life in such a kinetically entertaining fashion - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
77% Never Look Away (2019) This exceptional drama is an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film this year, and rightly so. I urge you to see Never Look Away. It is a rich and rewarding experience, and the three hours fly by. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
74% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
90% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
73% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
66% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
79% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
70% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
93% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
91% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
78% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
69% Bleed For This (2016) Bleed for This is still worth seeing, despite its familiar trappings. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
61% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
80% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
96% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
98% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
87% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
69% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
89% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
93% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
56% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
85% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018