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      Leonard Maltin

      Leonard Maltin

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      Leonard Maltin is best known for his widely-used reference work Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide and its companion volume Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide, as well as his thirty-year run on television's Entertainment Tonight. He teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, appears regularly on Turner Classic Movies, and hosts the weekly podcast Maltin on Movies with his daughter Jessie. His books include Hooked on Hollywood: Discoveries from a lifetime of Film Fandom, The 151 Best Movies You've Never Seen, Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, The Great Movie Comedians, The Disney Films, The Art of the Cinematographer, Movie Comedy Teams, The Great American Broadcast, and Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and other leading publications. He served two terms as President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and votes for films to be selected for the National Film Registry.

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      Jules (2023) Jules is a slight film but an enjoyable one. I’ve come to value any film that offers actors I like something offbeat to add to their resumé. -
      Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2023
      Between Two Worlds (2021) It’s never a waste of time to watch Juliette Binoche, and this film, which screened at Cannes in the spring, is definitely worth seeing. Between Two Worlds is both credible and absorbing. -
      Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2023
      Golda (2023) There is no trace of Helen Mirren in Golda, and that’s the way it ought to be. To say that she becomes the fabled Israeli Prime Minister is a mild understatement, and it should come as no surprise that she delivers a great performance. -
      Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2023
      Retribution (2023) The best adjective I can think of to describe this film is “efficient.” It gets the job done, much as one would expect. -
      Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2023
      Bottoms (2023) Shiva Baby was a bit claustrophobic but it heralded the arrival of a fresh new voice in screen comedy; Bottoms clinches the deal. I can’t wait to see what Seligman and Sennott cook up next. -
      Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2023
      Barbie (2023) When I became a father I searched for movies that would show my daughter positive role models, and it was tough going. Barbie makes up for lost time and should warm the hearts of parents and daughters alike. -
      Read More | Posted Aug 03, 2023
      Oppenheimer (2023) For all we learn about the creation and execution of the atomic bomb and its aftermath, the story could and should be told in a more digestible form. Instead, we have an overlong narrative that isn’t revelatory or surprising. -
      Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2023
      The Miracle Club (2023) This is a story of forgiveness and understanding, two qualities that seem to be scarce these days. Any movie that encourages people to be kinder to one another gets my vote. -
      Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2023
      Theater Camp (2023) This endearing faux documentary will appeal to anyone who has been, or known, or given birth to a theater kid (as my wife and I did) -
      Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2023
      Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning, Part One (2023) This most recent installment is funny and genuinely exciting--but not for 2hrs and 43 minutes. Not that running-time is any way to judge a movie, but an audience that has been entertained, and not exhausted, might be happier overall; I know I would. -
      Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2023
      Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023) I can’t say I had high expectations for this film, but even so I consider it a disappointment. Let’s revisit Raiders of the Lost Ark and remember when the premise was fresh and the picture was fun to watch. -
      Read More | Posted Jul 02, 2023
      The Flash (2023) Blame the ancient Greeks for inventing the general idea of the multiverse. Blame DC for propagating the concept in one of its Flash comics in 1961. And blame anyone you like for this hot mess of a film. -
      Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2023
      No Hard Feelings (2023) I am about to recommend a mildly raunchy R-rated comedy for one simple reason: I had fun watching it. I am so sick and tired of overlong, overproduced, formulaic “content” that this insignificant movie looks like a work of genius in comparison. -
      Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2023
      You Hurt My Feelings (2023) 'You Hurt My Feelings' is built on an almost Seinfeld-ish premise, but Holofcener takes this wisp of an idea and creates a likable framework around it with her actors. It’s fun to watch and I had good time -
      Read More | Posted Jun 06, 2023
      An American Tail (1986) It has the most important ingredient for a good cartoon feature: an appealing main character. - Video Review
      Read More | Posted May 19, 2023
      BlackBerry (2023) ‘BlackBerry’ has a great cast that contributes to the impact of this true-to-life tale, reminding us that truth remains stranger than fiction -
      Read More | Posted May 12, 2023
      Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. (2023) As a critic, I hesitate to use the word “perfect” but it is the first adjective that comes to mind -
      Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2023
      Chevalier (2022) This is a provocative introduction to a historical figure whose life and existence has been largely overlooked until now. For that reason one can readily applaud the film and enjoy its strengths. But the movie isn’t nearly as good as its subject -
      Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2023
      Somewhere in Queens (2022) I don’t think you have to have grown up in or around New York City to relate to Somewhere in Queens, but it couldn’t hurt. I found the film quite poignant and it has stayed with me since I watched it well over a week ago -
      Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2023
      Air (2023) The only problem facing Air is that people may be expecting a bigger movie. This is a modest, entertaining behind-the-scenes film about the marketing whiz who believed in Jordan when he was still a rookie -
      Read More | Posted Apr 06, 2023
      The Lost King (2022) 'The Lost King' is a thoroughly entertaining and enlightening film for grownups, and well worth seeing -
      Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2023
      Turn Every Page: The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb (2022) What a pleasure it is to witness these two gentlemen at work, doing something they love. This documentary is as exhilarating to me as any Hollywood action-adventure yarn. I loved every minute. -
      Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2022
      Babylon (2022) I didn’t love Babylon but I can’t condemn it either. How could I when its finale is a love letter to movies and the way they can lift our spirits? Any filmmaker who strives for that shouldn’t be dismissed, even if he made us sit still for over three hours -
      Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2022
      Women Talking (2022) Much has been said about the year’s best films not attracting the audiences they deserve. Women Talking is not what one would call a crowd-pleaser, but it is an extraordinary piece of work that is well worth your time. -
      Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2022
      Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) I was completely taken in by Avatar: The Way of Water and overwhelmed by its fluid, kinetic action scenes, eye-popping production design and propulsive storytelling. This is a movie filled with wonder, which has become a rare commodity in the age of CGI. -
      Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2022
      The Fabelmans (2022) Spielberg’s story isn’t over yet, but he is still on top of his game at the age of 75. This movie proves it conclusively -
      Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2022
      Moonstruck (1987) Moonstruck made me laugh, as any good comedy should. But this rare and wonderful movie did something more: It also made me smile. That's because, unlike most contemporary comedies, Moonstruck isn't a collection of gags. It's a picture of genuine humor. - Video Review
      Read More | Posted Aug 08, 2022
      Family Business (1989) The opportunity to watch [Dustin Hoffman and Sean Connery] together automatically constitutes An Event. Adding Matthew Broderick to the mix is icing on the cake. Unfortunately, Family Business lets them down. - Video Review
      Read More | Posted Aug 05, 2022
      Licence to Kill (1989) Licence to Kill is just the shot in the arm the James Bond series has been needing. - Video Review
      Read More | Posted Aug 05, 2022
      Bullet Train (2022) Bullet Train is never boring, and it certainly moves, but it’s like an overdose of action moviemaking: much sound and fury, signifying nothing. This should’ve been more fun. -
      Read More | Posted Aug 05, 2022
      Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) Any comedy [as] good [as Beverly Hills Cop] warrants a better follow-up than this, and I can’t understand why audiences didn’t feel cheated by this second-rate retread. - Video Review
      Read More | Posted Aug 05, 2022
      Birdy (1984) To me, there are parts of Birdy that definitely outshine the whole. - Video Review
      Read More | Posted Aug 05, 2022
      Where the Crawdads Sing (2022) Where the Crawdads Sing may be a chick flick in some people’s estimation, but I was thoroughly absorbed and recommend it highly. -
      Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2022
      Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (2022) I was charmed by this unapologetic fairy tale about a cleaning woman who dreams of wearing a beautiful ball gown designed by Christian Dior. Lesley Manville is a marvel, and this film is a lovely vehicle for her—the perfect embodiment of Ada Harris. -
      Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2022
      Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) Everyone is entitled to a misfire now and then, and that includes the gifted Kiwi performer and filmmaker most responsible for Thor: Love and Thunder. It’s a scattered affair that, at a certain point, is played as out-and-out comedy -
      Read More | Posted Jul 09, 2022
      Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021) How can a film so disarmingly simple inspire deep feelings about loss, connection, and the meaning of family? I’m not sure I have the answer, but at a time when so many of us are feeling disoriented—or disconnected—a movie like this is especially welcome -
      Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2022
      Cha Cha Real Smooth (2022) Having several well-known actors in the cast may help sell this modest indie title to wary viewers but after seeing it I predict that people will be reacting as I did, talking about the wondrous achievements of Cooper Raiff -
      Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2022
      Jerry & Marge Go Large (2022) 'Jerry and Marge Go Large' may not win awards or earn a fortune, but it made me smile—and I don’t take that for granted, especially nowadays. Bravo to Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening for believing in this can-do story and giving it their all -
      Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2022
      It Ain't Over (2022) Yogi Berra lived the kind of life we wish our heroes to have: filled with love, respect, and integrity. This is a film fans can embrace and younger generations can learn from. I loved it. -
      Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2022
      The Phantom of the Open (2021) The Phantom of the Open is a love letter to dreamers everywhere, and as such it defies scrutiny. Gifted actors have a way of blurring one’s critical vision. -
      Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2022
      Jurassic World Dominion (2022) This is not a story that begged to be told or a saga that demanded a finale. It’s another dispiriting example of how Hollywood never leaves money on the table. It’s just a shame that so much talent is wasted in the process -
      Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2022
      Top Gun: Maverick (2022) It’s hard to picture another entry in the summer movie sweepstakes that can equal or exceed this one for pure, adrenalin-fueled entertainment. I had a great time watching the film and recommend seeing it as I did, on a giant IMAX screen -
      Read More | Posted May 26, 2022
      Emergency (2022) Whether you see it as a genre-bending comedy, a so-painful-it-hurts social satire, or an unclassifiable commentary on contemporary life, Emergency demands your attention. -
      Read More | Posted May 20, 2022
      Fiddler's Journey to the Big Screen (2022) This is no ordinary behind-the-scenes documentary. For one thing, it chronicles the adaptation of a musical play that qualifies as a genuine phenomenon. Based on a story originally told in Yiddish, it has turned out to have universal resonance. -
      Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2022
      The Duke (2020) This is an unmistakably British import. Its quiet charm stakes a claim for mature viewers but dont mistake "offbeat" for "bland." Theres nothing banal or predictable about this lighthearted tale, which is based on a true story. -
      Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2022
      The Hand of God (2021) The Hand of Godis filled with the kind of detail that could only have come from observation-and memory. That one family could contain so many unique and peculiar people is a reminder that truth is almost always stranger than fiction. -
      Read More | Posted Jan 06, 2022
      Jockey (2021) Jockeyis one of those sleepers that makes even a bumpy moviegoing season worthwhile. The film rests on the foundation of Clifton Collins's underplayed performance-he is quietly persuasive and likable...a hardscrabble hero worth rooting for -
      Read More | Posted Jan 02, 2022
      Licorice Pizza (2021) I had fun watchingLicorice Pizza,an all-too-rare quality that no other year-end release can match. For that I am grateful that someone wrote Paul Thomas Anderson a blank check to make such an idiosyncratic, highly personal film. -
      Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2021
      Parallel Mothers (2021) In less skillful hands, the ingredients ofParallel Mothersmight result in a soap opera that would invite quibbles over credibility. But Almodvar's characters have inner lives; we empathize with them and that makes them real. -
      Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2021
      Nightmare Alley (2021) This is a satisfying, fully realized film noir where the characters are more than stereotypes. Only a filmmaker as knowledgeable and passionate as Guillermo del Toro could have made this picture, and I'm awfully glad he did. -
      Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2021
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