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  • Leonard Maltin
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    DISCONNECT

    At a time when so many movies offer nothing but escape, it’s refreshing to encounter one that has something to say about modern society, and a great cast to bring it to life.

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    Review: 'It's A Disaster' Is A Darkly Hilarious Apocalyptic Dramedy That's Anything But Disastrous

    Real time, one-setting films are a tricky feat to pull off, stumping even the most accomplished directors (have you seen “Carnage”?), but director Todd Berger does it with panache in his sophomore feature, a clever take on the apocalypse film, “It’s A Disaster.” Assembling a cast of eight actors in ...

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    Review - '42' Is A Well-Intentioned But Watered-Down Telling Of Jackie Robinson's Story

    Review - '42' Is A Well-Intentioned But Watered-Down Telling Of Jackie Robinson's Story

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    Review: 'This Ain't California' An Energetic Trip Into '80s German Skateboarding Culture & History

    The title really says it all. Far from Dogtown and Z-boys, the burgeoning west coast punk scene and the empty swimming pools that provided endless possibility, in Germany kids were bolting wheels to pieces of wood and seeing what would happen. And with a wall up separating East from West, a governme...

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    Review - Refreshing, Observational Ugandan Drama 'Imani'

    Review - Refreshing, Observational Ugandan Drama 'Imani'

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    DVD/VOD Review: 'Wonderful World' (Matthew Broderick's Redemption, Courtesy Of Sanaa Lathan)

    DVD/VOD Review: 'Wonderful World' (Matthew Broderick's Redemption, Courtesy Of Sanaa Lathan)

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    Who Is Ben Affleck in Terrence Malick's 'To the Wonder'?

    Like all Terrence Malick's films, To the Wonder is art at its purest. This impressionistic take on a man (Ben Affleck) as he goes through a major relationship with Maria (Olga Kurylenko) and a lesser fling with Jane ( Rachel McAdams), is told almost entirely in voiceover, which blends with poeti...

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    NEW AND NOTABLE FILM BOOKS

    As always, there are more new film books than I have time to digest, but it’s been a while since I posted a survey, so here we go.

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    Review: Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' Is A Raw & Heartfelt Film Of Loss And Longing

    For a man not known for being prolific, an eighteen-month gap between Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” (the filmmaker’s first film in five years) and his latest “To the Wonder” (which premiered at the Venice Film Festival last summer) isn’t just unprecedented, it’s positively mind-boggling, espe...

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    DVD/VOD Review - Mahamat Saleh Haroun’s 'Un Homme Qui Crie' ('A Screaming Man')

    As you’re probably aware if you were anywhere near this site earlier in 2010, Mahamat Saleh Haroun’s Un Homme Qui Crie (A Screaming Man) won the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival that year.

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