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Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin
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78% 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
87% 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
64% 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
59% 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
No Score Yet 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
91% 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
99% 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
51% 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
85% 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
71% 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
82% 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
92% 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
83% 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
95% A Quiet Place (2018) A Quiet Placeis a thoroughly relatable thriller laced with horror-movie tropes. Perhaps that's why it works so well even for a wimp like me. The movie runs 90 minutes and is thoroughly satisfying. Other filmmakers would do well to take note of this.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
80% Chappaquiddick (2018) This is yet another first-rate film from John Curran that should capture the attention of anyone who remembers the Ted Kennedy incident (as I do) as well as young people who want a credible slice of recent American history. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
73% Ready Player One (2018) Fans of Ernest Cline's book are already grumbling about the changes and omissions in this expansive, expensive adaptation. I enjoyed the film more than I expected to--but felt that it went on too long and squandered its potential in the process.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) There are few filmmakers as distinctive as Wes Anderson, and while this film is uneven it also offers moments of sheer wonder. One has to be willing to overlook his missteps in return for those rewards. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
40% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) I wouldn't presume to guess how a 12-year-old will respond to this film, especially if that girl or boy hasn't read Madeleine L'Engle's beloved book. I can only express my feelings, which are decidedly mixed.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) The Death of Stalin is a breath of fresh air and a genuinely great screen comedy. Iannucci conducts the proceedings like the conductor of a great orchestra with an array of virtuosos at his command. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) I left Red Sparrow with no sense of satisfaction. I'm not sure what the takeaway is supposed to be. I'd prefer to get these messages in a movie that didn't make me feel as if I, too, had been victimized. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
82% Early Man (2018) Early Man may not have the punch or pizzazz of a mainstream Hollywood cartoon feature, but it has a tangible charm all its own. As a fan, I wouldn't have it any other way.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther is, culturally and commercially, the right film at the right time. The significance of bringing a black superhero to the screen at this moment cannot be overstated. Any reservations I have will, and possibly should, fall by the wayside‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
77% Small Town Crime (2018) This is well-made entertainment, pure and simple, with enough surprises along the way to avoid being strictly formulaic. What's more, it accomplishes all this in just under an hour and a half.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
82% Molly's Game (2018) Chastain is always worth watching, and so is Elba, but I wanted more from this film, and Molly's Game left me dissatisfied.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
51% Downsizing (2017) Downsizing is one of my favorite films this year. I am an unabashed admirer of Alexander Payne and his writing partner Jim Taylor, because they deal in a commodity that's all too rare: social satire ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Depicting obsession is a trap for any filmmaker. He or she defies the audience to remain interested in someone whose behavior is abnormal. Having Daniel Day-Lewis portraying the character is an enormous asset, but it may not be enough. It wasn't for me.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
87% The Post (2018) There is never a bad time to be reminded of the importance of a free press, but Steven Spielberg has seized this moment and made it count. The result is mainstream moviemaking at its very best: intelligent and entertaining‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
89% I, Tonya (2018) If you're still not convinced that Margot Robbie is more than just a beauty,I, Tonyashould do the trick. I couldn't take my eyes from the screen. Cheers to everyone who collaborated on this first-rate film...and a deep bow to Margot Robbie.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
30% Wonder Wheel (2017) That's what's missing from the movie: pleasure. Allen is apparently trying to channel Eugene O'Neill in his portrayal of this forlorn family, but Wonder Wheel is no Long Day's Journey Into Night. It's not even long; it just feels that way‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) The Shape of Water rekindles a sense of wide-eyed wonder that's all too rare in contemporary cinema. Computer imagery can create amazing sights, but only a master moviemaker (and movie lover) could have fashioned this dazzling, one-of-a-kind experience.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
94% The Breadwinner (2017) American families deserve to see this excellent film.The Breadwinneris a visually striking feature with a relatable young heroine; it is as fresh and relevant as any movie of 2017‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) If Bombshell inspires people to seek out her movies, it will have achieved two goals: giving her the belated credit she deserves for a critical invention, and laying the groundwork to rebuild her reputation as an actress. Her beauty speaks for itself. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2017
80% 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
85% 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
97% 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
96% 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
40% 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
92% 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
99% 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
77% 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
88% 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
29% 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
88% 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
84% 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
87% 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