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Rating Title/Year Author
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
Vice (2018) Leonard Maltin McKay seems to delight in playing with his audience and our expectations, veering from farce to the blackest kind of comedy. Vice manages to be highly entertaining while offering considerable food for thought. That's no small feat. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Leonard Maltin It may be a back-handed compliment to say it was better than I thought it would be, but that's the truth. I wish Disney hadn't made this film at all, but I'm glad they put it in the hands of talented people who knew what was at stake and gave it their all EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
The Mule (2018) Leonard Maltin The Mule exists because of the amazingly durable star-power of Clint Eastwood, who still has what it takes on both sides of the camera. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Leonard Maltin For once, a movie lives up to its hype. Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse is the most spectacular animated feature I've ever seen EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Leonard Maltin This is a universal, essentially timeless tale, exquisitely mounted and perfectly cast. It comes to American theaters with a justifiable reputation as one of the year's best. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Roma (2018) Leonard Maltin 'Roma' literally took my breath away. It is a masterwork by one of the world's most versatile filmmakers, and will be justifiably praised as the best film of 2018. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Widows (2018) Leonard Maltin 'Widows' is a good movie, if not a great one, with an excellent cast. Incidentally, my wife and daughter saw all the movie's story twists and reveals coming a mile away. I did not. Is that evidence of female intuition? Perhaps. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Green Book (2018) Leonard Maltin Green Book is the kind of movie that leaves you with a feeling of elation. That doesn't happen enough, and when it does, it is often accompanied by a heavy dose of sentiment. Not this time. This is pure entertainment EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Bleed for This (2016) Leonard Maltin Bleed for This is still worth seeing, despite its familiar trappings. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Leonard Maltin Bohemian Rhapsody may not be a great film (and I have no idea how accurate it is) but it's definitely entertaining. This is a celebration of the music Queen created and the man whose voice and presence will never be forgotten. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
Mid90s (2018) Leonard Maltin Though not everyone will be able to connect to the time and story on a personal level, it's extremely well done and feels real. That's the highest compliment I could pay to any first-time writer and director-even one as well-known as Jonah Hill EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Border (2018) Leonard Maltin John Ajvide Lindqvist's new film is a dark, twisted fairy tale that is worth watching so long as you know that it's no Disney fable-and it is definitely not for children. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
The Guilty (2018) Leonard Maltin The Guilty is a clever, thoroughly engrossing film from Denmark that marks the directorial debut of Swedish-born Gustav Möller, who also co-wrote the screenplay. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
First Man (2018) Leonard Maltin First Manis one of this year's must-see movies: a quietly profound drama that pays tribute to one of America's all-time greatest achievements. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
Beautiful Boy (2018) Leonard Maltin The story is heartbreaking, especially for a parent, but even the most empathetic viewer may find this well-meaning picture tiring after a while. It won't be because of the stellar performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Leonard Maltin The best compliment I can give the new version of A Star is Born is that I didn't mind it. The harshest word is "forgettable. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2018
The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Leonard Maltin The Old Man & the Gun is a vehicle in the best sense of that term, a good story that showcases its leading man to best advantage. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
The Predator (2018) Leonard Maltin Genre fans may enjoy this as a weekend time-filler, or in the future on an airplane. I regret that I devoted nearly two hours to a promising picture that wound up being so mediocre. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
The Bookshop (2017) Leonard Maltin A film that makes itself so predictable can only overcome this obstacle through atmosphere, performance, and abundance of charm or style. The Bookshop has some of those qualities but not enough, sorry to say EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2018
The Happytime Murders (2018) Leonard Maltin There is nothing happy about The Happytime Murders, I regret to say, and that's a real shame. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Restoring Tomorrow (2016) Leonard Maltin In a time of cynicism and divisiveness, I found Restoring Tomorrow to be genuinely inspiring. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
The Wife (2017) Leonard Maltin If you admire great acting, The Wife is worth a look. It does not bear scrutiny, but it's not a waste of time when you get to spend quality time with these superb actors. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018
Juliet, Naked (2018) Leonard Maltin Although the comedic elements run the gamut from subtle to broad, the characters remain believable throughout. There is an unforced quality to the film that I find very appealing: it's fresh and original, and the cast simply couldn't' be better EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Leonard Maltin Crazy Rich Asians is a social breakthrough that might be compared to this year's Black Panther. It may not be a great film but it will serve as a flag-bearer for yet another underserved sector of our population. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Leonard Maltin Spike Lee is an audacious filmmaker who crosses boundaries and deliberately blurs drama and reality. Never has this been more effective than in BlacKkKlansman, which defies a number of rules and offers a punch in the gut instead. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2018
Christopher Robin (2018) Leonard Maltin The word "charm" doesn't apply to very many movies these days, but it's precisely that quality-and an avoidance of treacly sentiment-that makes the new Disney feature Christopher Robin so enjoyable EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
Puzzle (2018) Leonard Maltin I'm an unabashed Kelly Macdonald fan. If you share my admiration for her, Puzzle is a must-see. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2018
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Leonard Maltin Tom Cruise is really good at running. This is what people refer to as perfect summer entertainment: big, long, splashy, and (overall) fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2018
Love, Cecil (2017) Leonard Maltin Cecil Beaton is one of those names that rings out in any history of 20th century art and culture. This entertaining and candid film explains why. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2018
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Leonard Maltin This is a visually appealing, thoroughly innocuous movie that you could safely take your grandmother to see. But I predict that it will have the staying power of Grease 2. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2018
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Leonard Maltin Joaquin Phoenix gives another incredible performance in this excellent new film from Gus Van Sant. The actor is a true chameleon and always believable. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2018