Spectre – Movie Review

Daniel Craig returns as secret agent James Bond in Spectre
Daniel Craig returns as secret agent James Bond in Spectre

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Directed by:
Sam Mendes
Starring:
Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes
Released by:
Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Run Time: 2h 30 min
Year:
2015

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James Bond 007 comes face-to-face with a shadowy terrorist organization known as SPECTRE in the 24th installment of the James Bond series. Continue reading “Spectre – Movie Review” »

“Black Sea” – Movie Review

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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“The Boxtrolls” – Movie Review

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” – Movie Review

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” – Movie Review

"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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