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Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
80% Wakefield (2017) Wakefield is an odd but consistently intriguing film, I found the result to be fascinating and provocative. The real magic here is in the audacious concept and its deft execution.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
72% Alien: Covenant (2017) The alternate title for this latest space thriller might be Alien: Again. This B-movie trope seems unworthy of director Ridley Scott and company. While it's well-made and never dull, you can learn all the exposition you need from the trailer‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
61% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) Not every film is intended for a wide audience, I don't expect everyone to be swept away by Eleanor Coppola's romantic travelogue. This film celebrates the beauty of France and the importance of stopping and smelling the roses ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
37% Snatched (2017) A film starring two A-list comediennes should, at the very least, be funny. Snatched fails on this count but also seems to have other ambitions. A talented cast and crew just can't make this film come together, and that's a real shame‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
100% BANG! The Bert Berns Story (2017) Bang! is brimming with anecdotes from the people who knew Berns best. Bert Berns may not be a household name, but once you see this documentary you won't listen to his songs without thinking of the man behind those chart-toppers.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
84% Risk (2017) This doc feels superficial and even redundant, especially if you've seen Alex Gibney's fascinating 2013 documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks. It's a real disappointment ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Gunn has given us a rousing piece of entertainment with plenty of action, ingenious ideas, and visual effects to engage us at every level. That's as much as anyone could ask of a movie, let alone a sequel. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
No Score Yet 24X36: A Movie About Movie Posters (2016) Movie Posters is enjoyable and informative, especially if you have a yen for the subject as I do. Kevin Burke's entertaining film is primarily about the renaissance of posters and its artists who don't restrict themselves to standard sizes‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
87% One Week and a Day (Shavua ve Yom) (2017) Nothing is as individual or personal as the grieving process, which is why Polonsky's debut feature is so effective. The film was made in Israel but its emotional content is universal.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
100% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2017) You don't have to be a movie buff to fall in love with the story of Harold and Lillian Michelson. Their sixty-year marriage-with more than its share of ups and downs-would be compelling. Their long involvement with Hollywood is icing on the cake‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
63% Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2017) This has been a rich year for jazz-related documentaries. That happy trend continues with Chasing Trane.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) After more than two hours of logic-defying sights and sounds and two-dimensional characters, I was happy to see the movie come to an end. I fear the series will just keep going and going. No one cares what any critic has to say about a movie like this‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
95% I Called Him Morgan (2017) I couldn't have anticipated that Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin would provide such a personal and moving portrait of the musician, who died at age 33. You don't have to love jazz to be drawn into this remarkable story‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
61% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) It's never a waste of time watching Jessica Chastain, even if the film she's in isn't great. This is an earnest historical drama that never scales the emotional heights the real-life story would seem to promise. But Chastain is faultless ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
68% Life (2017) Life will give moviegoers the tremors and jolts they desire as it adds a notch to the résumé of its writers and director. But truth be told, it remains in the shadow of Alien, a tough movie to top, let alone equal‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
16% CHIPS (2017) Unlike some contrived or cynical rehashes of old TV series, this one has no pretensions. It's escapism with a capital E: a funny, energetic, enjoyably ragged buddy movie with lots and lots of car-chase action ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Beauty and the Beast is better than I expected it to be. I still don't understand why Disney insists on recycling its most popular and beloved movies, but when the public repeatedly responds with box-office dollars it's hard to argue ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) This is the best monster movie I've seen in years, adding new energy and excitement to a storyline that incorporates the ingredients we all expect. It's been too long since I had such fun at a movie that promises just that‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
92% Logan (2017) Fans of Marvel, X-Men, and the Wolverine character should be pleased with Logan-it's a strong finale and arguably the best in this highly uneven spin-off series. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) You may be reminded of other creepy movies like Rosemary's Baby and The Stepford Wives, but this is neither a retread nor a spoof. It's a rare, seamless blend of horror and comedy: a stinging satire cloaked as a thriller.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
90% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) 'I Don't Feel At Home in This World Anymore' is a vigilante story turned upside down and played as a violent farce. The characters and situations are believable enough to keep us engaged‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) 'My Life as a Zucchini' shows us the true meaning of kindness and empathy. It is a tonic in the harsh world we all inhabit. The film is charming and different from most American animated features‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
97% Kedi (2017) 'Kedi' is steeped in charm and simple wisdom. I should state flat-out that I am not a cat person, but this film won me over all the same‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Land of Mine, which overseas bears the title Under the Sand, is a provocative drama that poses timeless questions. It's easy to see why Academy voters chose it as a contender for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
17% The Space Between Us (2017) The Space Between Us bears faint echoes of other outer-space sagas but carves its own niche because its hero is a teenage boy. It's a sweet, innocuous film nicely handled by director Peter Chelsom.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) While The Salesman never quite soars it holds us in its grip from start to finish. It leaves us with much food for thought and the lingering question, "What would I do in a situation like this?" It's a very worthy Oscar nominee ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2017
42% Gold (2017) Gold is as unpredictable as it is engaging-and another bull's-eye for Matthew McConaughey. The reason this movie works so well is that we believe the his character from the inside out‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
84% The Founder (2017) This film left me wanting. It seemed like a sure-fire story on the surface, which just proves how many things can go wrong from conception to execution. The Founder is as forgettable as a fast-food hamburger.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
25% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
95% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
93% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2016
88% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2016
34% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
85% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
80% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
72% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
93% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2016
94% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
86% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
90% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
73% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) This is without question my favorite film of the year‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) My reaction to this movie is mixed, at best.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
93% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016