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Making Montgomery Clift (2018) Leonard Maltin Making Montgomery Cliftis a highly personal endeavor that should be of interest to any film buff. It leaves some questions unanswered but paints an admiring portrait of a singular talent. It's available on VOD right now and well worth seeing EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Leonard Maltin Jojo Rabbitcovers the expanse of emotions one would expect to find in a dramatic film about Germany in the waning days of World War II. It's a dazzling achievement from a supremely talented artist who wrote, directed and costars in the film. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Leonard Maltin Director Ang Lee is trailblazing new territory with a highly enjoyable, action-packed story and a perfect star in Will Smith. The entertainment value is high and cutting-edge technology organically suits the content. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Parasite (2019) Leonard Maltin This is the best movie I've seen this year. What begins as a clever social satire about the haves and have-nots in our world morphs into an ingenious (and violent) thriller with endless story twists. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Leonard Maltin The gifted writer-director strikes a Fellini-esque pose as he takes us on this journey through his life, intermingling memories both happy and poignant. Ultimately I must throw off any misgivings that remain and bow to a true master EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Leonard Maltin Eddie Murphy is back and on top of his game in 'Dolemite Is My Name.' It's a role he was born to play and, to use the vernacular, he kills it. The cast couldn't be better and the film left me with a smile on my face EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Leonard Maltin I'd call Lucy a missed opportunity, given the juiciness of the source material. Too bad. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Leonard Maltin This much I can promise: after seeing this documentary you'll never look at Alien the same way again. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Judy (2019) Leonard Maltin Renée Zellweger is now considered an Oscar front-runner for her performance as Judy Garland in Judy. She is excellent, and it's nice to see her back onscreen. I only wish the film was nearly as good as she is. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
() Leonard Maltin Getting to know Jim Allison and some of his colleagues made me feel very small and humble. This worthy film chronicles a remarkable odyssey. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Leonard Maltin This is a first-rate piece of investigative journalism, a cautionary tale, and a fascinating piece of entertainment, especially if you lived through the period it depicts so well. I was glued to the screen from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Leonard Maltin This filmis further proof that James Gray is one of our foremost & most original filmmakers. We already knew that Brad Pitt is an exceptional leading man but this performance burnishes that reputation. The film is among this year's very best EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Leonard Maltin I don't know why critics in Toronto attacked this film the way they did. It's not perfect, to be sure, but it's not a bad movie by any means. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Leonard Maltin In a time of rampant cynicism The Peanut Butter Falcon dares to offer a sweet, sincere story with a happy ending. No wonder audiences are responding to it. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Leonard Maltin Semple's novel is told in epistolary fashion, so perhaps it was never meant to be a movie. A good many talented people tried to make this adaptation work, but sad to say, it falls short of the mark. Like its main characteris hard to embrace. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Leonard Maltin When the first words out of young Jacob Tremblay's mouth are "F-, yeah!" as he's about to ogle pictures on his laptop, you know what you're in for withGood Boys. The film has some funny set-pieces as it proceeds along a fairly predictable path EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Leonard Maltin Having watched Wallace since childhood I was riveted to the screen from start to finish. As a character portrait and reflection on an era, Mike Wallace is Here is as vibrant and timely as its subject EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Leonard Maltin Tarantino is an omnivore of popular culture; he has no need to prove this again. This movie reveals ambition but drowns in excess. Once upon a Time...in Hollywoodis just an elaborate time-filler EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Sword of Trust (2019) Leonard Maltin Sword of Trust is light and satisfying. It left me while a smile on my face, and that's more than I can say for other, far more ambitious endeavors. Shelton and her co-writer Mike O'Brien earn my thanks. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Stuber (2019) Leonard Maltin A good comedy has to have structure, just like a dramatic film, and should possess some degree of logic. Stuberflaunts its implausibility so many times I lost count. I also lost the ability to invest in its characters and situations. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Leonard Maltin For her second feature, up-and-coming writer-director Lulu Wang has drawn on her own experiences to craft a touching story of a Chinese family. The Farewelltakes its time unfolding but pays off in a deeply moving conclusion. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Leonard Maltin Spider-man: Far From Homeis entertaining and perfectly attuned to an adolescent audience, as well as the young-at-heart. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Leonard Maltin This seemingly sure-fire movie misses the mark. I felt like I was watching a balloon as the air inside it leaked out. I can only rate it as a disappointment. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Leonard Maltin I was dubious about the first sequel to Pixar's wonderfulToy Story,which turned out to be terrific. This is a highly enjoyable film with laugh-out-loud gags, ingenious plotting, and endearing new characters. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) Leonard Maltin I am grateful to Sophie Huber for opening my eyes-and ears. She has made a memorable film that jazz buffs shouldn't miss. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Late Night (2019) Leonard Maltin 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 EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Leonard Maltin 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) Leonard Maltin [Director Joseph H. Lewis'] approach to this material elevates a B picture to new heights. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) Leonard Maltin 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. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
La chute de l'empire Américain (2018) Leonard Maltin 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 EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Leonard Maltin 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 EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Leonard Maltin 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Leonard Maltin 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 EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Peterloo (2018) Leonard Maltin 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Leonard Maltin 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 EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Diane (2018) Leonard Maltin 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 EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Clash of the Titans (2010) Leonard Maltin 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Leonard Maltin 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? EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
Us (2019) Leonard Maltin 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 EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
The Aftermath (2019) Leonard Maltin 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 EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
The Mustang (2019) Leonard Maltin 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Leonard Maltin 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 EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People (2018) Leonard Maltin 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 EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Apollo 11 (2019) Leonard Maltin 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Leonard Maltin 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 EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Never Look Away (2018) Leonard Maltin 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Stan & Ollie (2018) Leonard Maltin 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 EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
Destroyer (2018) Leonard Maltin 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 EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2018
Capernaum (2018) Leonard Maltin Capernaum, which roughly translates to "chaos," is a deeply empathetic movie, made all the more remarkable by Labaki's work with non-professional actors. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2018
On the Basis of Sex (2018) Leonard Maltin 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 EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2018