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Minari (2020) Leonard Maltin 'Minari'flows through a river of emotions in a natural, understated way that belies the effort that must have gone into their creation. It's an artistic triumph, as well as a crowd pleaser EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Leonard Maltin Judas and the Black Messiahis a provocative movie title and the film that bears it lives up to the expectations it generates EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
Land (2021) Leonard Maltin Landis an impressive debut film from Robin Wright, and a damn good movie EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
Little Fish (2020) Leonard Maltin The film almost lost me but recovered by focusing on the intimate story of one couple. That's what makes Little Fish palatable-and moving. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
Two of Us (2019) Leonard Maltin Two of Us is a memorable debut for filmmaker Filipino Meneghetti with knockout performances by its gifted stars EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
Our Friend (2019) Leonard Maltin I was tempted to dismissOur Friendas just another movie about a loved one's battle with a fatal disease. Then I watched it. Yes, it's a tearjerker, but it's derived from a first-person article and has three exceptional performances EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
The Little Things (2021) Leonard Maltin The Little Things is pointless, preposterous, and seemingly endless. It is far from Washington's best work, and unworthy of his talented costars. I couldn't wait for it to be over. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
The White Tiger (2021) Leonard Maltin The White Tiger is an altogether extraordinary film,representing a perfect marriage between a gifted filmmaker and an incendiary novel. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
Let Him Go (2020) Leonard Maltin It's rare to find a Hollywood movie featuring mature stars that's worthy of their participation and has a decent story to tell.Released in theaters in November, during the pandemic,Let Him Gonever had a chance to find the audience it deserves EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
MLK/FBI (2020) Leonard Maltin I don't know that MLK/FBI reveals anything new about its subject, but it clarifies & amplifies facets of his story in a timely way. It couldn't be more relevant, as a document of history or as a cautionary tale about balancing a public & private existence EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
One Night in Miami (2020) Leonard Maltin The fact that everything they discuss is still so relevant-if not more urgent than ever-makes this more than a mere exercise in re-creating history. The language crackles and the performances shine. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
Soul (2020) Leonard Maltin I feel like an ingrate as I complain about a mainstream Disney release that doesn't talk down to its audience, a Trojan horse of philosophizing packaged as shiny entertainment. But as much as I was intrigued by Soul, I didn't actually enjoy the experience EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
Working Man (2019) Leonard Maltin Working Man is a creditable feature debut for writer-director Robert Jury and his actors come through for him. His characters' plight is an all-too-familiar one but he incorporates several twists that maintain interest without unduly stretching credulity EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
The Midnight Sky (2020) Leonard Maltin George Clooney stars in this space parable that starts out well, then goes adrift. I felt like I'd seen it before, such is the familiarity of its plot points and its most ambitious action scenes EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Leonard Maltin Overall, I felt disconnected from the movie except for moments that focused on human-scale situations. It struggles to be relevant and serious, but in a superficial, cartoony way. It drones on for two and a half hours but it hasn't got a lot to say EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
News of the World (2020) Leonard Maltin News of the World transported me to another place and time. It's episodic but never strays far from the main road, carefully revealing pieces of the past that illuminate its characters. It's one of this year's finest movies EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
Promising Young Woman (2020) Leonard Maltin Thisis a female revenge thriller bathed in jet-black comedy, and Emerald Fennel's screenplay is utterly compelling. It can easily mess with your head, as it did with mine, and its climax is one of the most difficult scenes I've ever sat through EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
Another Round (2020) Leonard Maltin Another Roundis a breath of fresh air for anyone who has been starving for intelligent entertainment. It's invigorating and completely credible, thanks to Vinterberg's approach and the performances of his leading actors EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Leonard Maltin Two searing performances-by Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman-make this filmmore than just a faithful adaptation of a great theater piece and preserves one of August Wilson's enduring works for all time, enacted by a dream cast. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
Nomadland (2020) Leonard Maltin 'Nomadland'is sort of a modern-day, existential equivalent ofWalden Pondset in the American West. The promise Chlo Zhao showed in'The Rider'three years ago is fulfilled here...with a little help from one of the finest actresses on the planet EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
Team Marco (2019) Leonard Maltin Julio Vincent Gambuto's debut feature could be dismissed as formulaic and overly sentimental-but only by misanthropes. Cynics have plenty of other options for entertainment. This is a life-affirming feel-good movie EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
Mank (2020) Leonard Maltin Fincher is a talented filmmaker but this vaunted subject was deserving of a much more focused blueprint. Handsome as it is, I foundMankdisappointing and mostly forgettable EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
Over the Moon (2020) Leonard Maltin Some reviewers have criticized the film for being too Disney-esque. I'm not sure why that's a bad thing--but I'll grant you that the movie feels comfortably familiar. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
The Donut King (2020) Leonard Maltin Ted Ngoy, his wife and family pick up the story and walk us through their unbelievable experience, flying to a strange new country where they didn't speak our language and had to start life anew. We follow their path to success beyond their wildest dreams EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
Isn't It Romantic? (1948) Leonard Maltin No. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
On the Rocks (2020) Leonard Maltin Sustaining this kind of antic comedy is no small achievement, butthe film never wears out its welcome. Murray is utterly endearing. Coppola never loses her grip on this bauble of a story and paints a delightful picture of unabashedly affluent New Yorkers EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Leonard Maltin To Dickens purists this contemporary view ofDavid Copperfieldmay be a bit too radical, but I was certainly entertained. It suffers only in comparison to a beloved movie that swept me off my feet when I was an adolescent EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
The Trip to Greece (2020) Leonard Maltin I don't wish to seem ungrateful, as Brydon and Coogan have given me great pleasure and many laughs in the past--but was this half-hearted film (edited down, like the other features, from a six-part British TV series) really necessary? EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Military Wives (2019) Leonard Maltin At a time when our world is drowning in uncertainty, Military Wives offers hope. It's the very definition of a feel-good movie. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Blow the Man Down (2019) Leonard Maltin Blow the Man Down hasn't great ambitions but fulfills its modest goals nicely. It's well worth streaming, especially if you have a cup of chowder handy. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Onward (2020) Leonard Maltin Onwardmanages to find a balance between comedy and adventure that's eminently satisfying. The "magic" ingredient that drives this movie is sincerity. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
First Cow (2019) Leonard Maltin Reichardt has a way of drawing you into her world, where traditional movie tropes have no place and you're not always sure where she's headed. I put my faith in her and more often than not I am rewarded. First Cow is one-of-a-kind. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
Sorry We Missed You (2019) Leonard Maltin The genius of Loach and Laverty's work is that it's heartbreakingly real but never preachy or pedantic. If I had to sum the film up I would choose another adjective instead: devastating. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Leonard Maltin Does the positive energy of a female-centric comic book movie-made by women-compensate for the nihilistic, super-violent nature of its content? Is this really a step forward for women, behind the camera and in the audience? That's the conundrum presented EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Downhill (2020) Leonard Maltin This talented team found commonality with the source material & put their imprint on it with the help of a perfect cast. Knowing the story left me free to admire the way the filmmakers handled this offbeat material, which embraces dry humor & drama EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Uncut Gems (2019) Leonard Maltin My only criticism is that the film takes a long time to play out. Even so, it's a movie that commands your attention & lingers afterwards, as does Sandler's intensely focused performance. This tops everything he's done before & is worthy of an Oscar. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2020
1917 (2019) Leonard Maltin Many films claim to be immersive but this one genuinely is. It was inspired by the stories Mendes heard from his grandfather, a combat veteran. The younger man has done his family proud, and given us one of the finest films of 2019. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018) Leonard Maltin Rob Garver's valuable documentary will serve as a primer for those who don't know about Kael and an evocative reminder of what she meant to those of us who grew up reading her. What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kaelis stimulating and informative EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
Little Women (2019) Leonard Maltin A true Christmas gift: a rich and rewarding slice of Americana that defies the odds of doomsayers who believe that major-studio movies are on their way out. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Leonard Maltin I didn't approach this film with a checklist of do's and don'ts. I just wanted to enjoy myself, and I did, albeit with reservations. I think the assets far outweigh the liabilities and fully expectitto be a giant crowd-pleaser. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
Cats (2019) Leonard Maltin Some things shouldn't be tampered with. I enjoyed Cats onstage, where the theatrical experience worked its magic to great effect. The new film never swept me up as I hoped it might; for all its rich ingredients it felt like a soufflé that wouldn't rise EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
Bombshell (2019) Leonard Maltin The film as a whole suffers from tunnel vision. Charles Randolph's screenplay is so tightly focused on happenings at Fox News that if you didn't follow the players in this real-life drama-and I didn't-you may find it difficult to care. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Leonard Maltin Knives Outis never, ever dull and offers the kind of classy entertainment we could use more of on the big screen. And I have a feeling we'll see more of Daniel Craig's colorful character down the road. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
Queen & Slim (2019) Leonard Maltin I didn't think I would grow attached to this disparate couple, but both Kaluuya & Turner-Smith are charismatic and the film serves them well. The end may be inevitable to anyone familiar with lovers-on-the-lam stories but it still packs a punch EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Leonard Maltin Frozen 2is forced to contrive new conflicts for royal sisters Anna and Elsa and the kingdom of Arundel. The resulting narrative is dizzying in its complexity. I'm sure it will be popular, I just wish I'd liked it more. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Leonard Maltin Wouldn't we all like to have a Fred Rogers in our life? This lovely film allows us to indulge in wish-fulfillment, which is something movies do so well. We could use a little more of it these days. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Leonard Maltin This film has no ambition except to entertain, and it does so exceedingly well. That's not something I take for granted. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
The Report (2019) Leonard Maltin 'The Report'is solid and straightforward, with Driver serving as an everyman character encountering issues and roadblocks he's never dealt with before. The film doesn't whitewash or simplify its narrative but I found it thoroughly absorbing EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2018) Leonard Maltin As Medak talks to fellow survivors of this disaster we bear witness to what might have been if the stars hadn't so completely misaligned. For dyed-in-the-wool film buffs this is a valuable document. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Leonard Maltin WatchingMarriage Storyis a transcendent experience. I don't know how someone puts such an intensely personal story on the screen, but Noah Baumbach has done it in a way that pierces your heart. This film is a must see. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019