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Jan

Black Sea tells the story of a crew of men on a submarine looking for lost Nazi treasure

Black Sea tells the story of a crew of men on a submarine looking for lost Nazi treasure

Genre: Adventure, Thriller
Directed by:
 Kevin MacDonald
Starring:
 Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Jodie Whittaker
Released by:
 Focus Features
Year:
2015

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“Black Sea” is an underwater heist film with an allegiance to blue-collar values that cruises along like a submarine unable, or unwilling, to rise to the surface or dive deeper into the depths of cinematic inspiration. For every clever plot twist or genuinely strong performance in “Black Sea,” there is a strong helping of predictability which counteracts the surprise and at times leaves the film feeling reluctantly inert.

 

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Sep

The Boxtrolls tells the story of a young boy and his adopted family of friendly monsters

The Boxtrolls tells the story of a young boy and his adopted family of friendly monsters


Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Directed by:
Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi
Starring:
Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, Toni Collette
Released by:
Laika Entertainment, Focus Features
Year:
2014

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by Nick Winfrey


If you have the patience to sit through the closing credits of “The Boxtrolls,” there’s a clever little stinger near the end in which two of the film’s characters humorously postulate the existence of an unseen hand in the sky controlling their every move. The joke is, of course, that there are a multitude of hands that painstakingly choreograph each scene in this stop-motion epic, which are revealed in a blur of deft motions as the camera zooms out.
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The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren

The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren


Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed by:
Lasse Hallström
Starring:
Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon
Released by:
Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Studios
Year:
2014

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Produced by Juliet Blake, who was fortunate enough to get her hands on a manuscript of the book that inspired the film, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is a cute movie made in conjunction with the French region of Midi-Pyrénées. As such, the film provides a great showcase for the area’s gorgeous natural landscape, which provides a beautiful backdrop for the story.

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"We Love You, You Bastard"

“We Love You, You Bastard”


Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed by:
 Claude Lelouch
Starring:
 Johnny Hallyday, Sandrine Bonnaire and Eddy Mitchell
Released by:
 Les Films 13
Year:
2014

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by Alain Gayot


The 18th annual COL•COA French Film Festival debuted at The Director’s Guild Theater Complex in Los Angeles, where renowned director Claude Lelouch’s 44th film, “We Love You, You Bastard” was presented by Axel Cruau, French Consul General in Los Angeles. Produced by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, COL•COA is the largest French film festival outside of France, bringing together 60 writers and producers and 20,000 attendees.


Once the Champagne de L’Argentaine and food from some of LA’s popular restaurants like Church & State, 9021Pho and Lexington Social House was enjoyed, a throng of VIPs, actors, directors and other moviegoers proceeded into the theater for the feature presentation of “Salaud, on t’aime” AKA stateside “We Love You, You Bastard.” After the credits rolled, “Mad Men” creator/executive producer Matthew Weiner moderated a Q&A session.

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"Man of Steel" official movie poster

“Man of Steel” official movie poster

Two and a half stars


Genre: Action, Superhero
Rated: PG-13
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe
Released by: Warner Bros.
Run time: 143 minutes
Year: 2013

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It’s a puzzling paradox that has plagued comic book lovers, rabid film buffs and observers of pop culture alike: why has Hollywood been unable to create a truly great portrayal of Superman, the international icon and perhaps America’s first transcendent superhero? While the last attempt, 2006’s “Superman Returns,” debuted to healthy box office returns and generally decent reviews, it has been largely forgotten and consigned to the dustbin of cinematic history.

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It Happened in Saint-Tropez movie poster

It Happened in Saint-Tropez movie poster

Three and a half stars

 

Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed by: Danièle Thompson
Starring: Eric Elmosnino, Kad Merad, Monica Bellucci, Lou de Laâge, Valérie Bonneton
Released by: Pathé Distribution
Year: 2012

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by Alain Gayot


The 17th annual COL•COA French Film Festival debuted at The Director’s Guild Theater Complex in Los Angeles, where director Danièle Thompson’s “It Happened in Saint-Tropez” was presented by Axel Cruau, French Consul General in Los Angeles. Once the Champagne de L’Argentaine and food from some of LA’s popular restaurants like Church & State, K-ZO and Estérel at the Sofitel Los Angeles was enjoyed, a throng of VIPs, actors (including Robert Forster and Shannon Wilcox), directors and other moviegoers proceeded into the theater. The screening of the short “Clean” was followed by the feature presentation of “Des Gens qui s’embrassent” AKA stateside “It Happened in Saint-Tropez.” The title was inspired by the Frank Sinatra song “It Happened in Monterey” which is featured in the movie along with the crooner’s hit “My Way.” Coincidentally, the music for that song was co-written by Claude Francois, whose movie biography “My Way” was the opener at the 2012 COL•COA! After the credits rolled, writer/producer/director Edward Zwick (Defiance, The Last Samurai, The Siege) moderated a bilingual Q&A session.

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