2009 Leonard Maltin Guide: Actors and Directors Index Adds
With the new Maltin Guide comes the addition of new names to the star/director index (plus the inevitable axing of others). Since putting the guide together every year and making editorial decisions is no easy task, let's not be too harsh on the deletions, which this year included: George Burns/Gracie Allen, Danny DeVito, Deanna Durbin, John Goodman, Michael Keaton, John Malkovich, Sharon Stone, and Debra Winger. Instead, let's take a look at the "graduating class" of 2007/08.
New "Faces" added to the Leonard Maltin Guide 2009 Index:
Here is a list of the 2018 films I've seen, and my opinion of them. Filmmakers who toil on the almost-impossible mission of making a feature length film should not have their work dismissed on a pass-fail basis so easily. That being said, this is just one man's opinion, and on a blog at that, and the savvy moviegoer will read enough of the reviews of professional film critics to allow a blog here and there to "list" favorites and least favorites.
Quiet Place, A. Farfetched, but compelling in its short running time, with a perfect ensemble.
15:17 to Paris. Modest, sincere.
Avengers: Infinity War. Gets all the characters in; Elizabeth Olsen a standout, providing some heart.
Black Panther. A rich narrative, which introduces several compelling characters.
Deadpool 2. Just like the first, with some brilliant song choices.
Game Night. Screenwriter-y nonsense, with hit or miss laughs, but a fun cast and enough silliness to brighten your day.
I Feel Pretty. A bit of a mixed message, but much funnier than its reviews suggest.
Isle of Dogs. Yeah, mostly cutesy.
Ocean's 8. Follows the formula well, with great ensemble work.
Paddington 2. Another winner, with an enjoyable Hugh Grant performance.
Ready Player One. Harkens back to Spielberg of old.
Action Point. Barely even tries.
Solo: A Star Wars Story. Patchwork, the least good SW movie, if it has its merits; lead Alden Ehrenreich, for all the rumors, was quite good.
Tomb Raider. Vikander is certainly pretty enough, but it's just a tired formula film still reaping rewards from (1981s!) Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Tully. Not a particularly compelling movie that might have been better as short fiction.
Annihilation. Slow moving and derivative.
Red Sparrow. Corny and absurd.
Super Troopers 2. Like a way-too-late TV series reunion.