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'March of the Penguins 2: The Call': Film Review

16 February 2017 12:46 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Returning to the land of his 2006 Oscar-winning box office smash, and this time with more powerful cameras, state-of-the-art diving gear and, if such a thing were possible, an even cuter cast of birds, French director Luc Jacquet offers up another look at life on the Antarctic ice in March of the Penguins 2: The Call (L’Empereur).

Not exactly a sequel to the first film, which grossed $127 million worldwide and turned emperor penguins into a brief national phenomenon (with some pundits claiming that their supposed monogamy could serve as a model for family values), this impeccably shot exposé revisits »

- Jordan Mintzer

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'March Of The Penguins 2', 'Lumiere!' head to Benelux

11 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Septmber Films has inked deals for multiple titles.

Benelux distributor September Films has confirmed details of its latest acquisitions.

One of the most eye-catching new pick-ups is Luc Jacquet’s March Of The Penguins 2 [pictured], again narrated by Morgan Freeman and sold by Wild Bunch. September boss Pim Hermeling confirmed that the film will be released in Belgium nest month and then at a later date in the Netherlands.

Showing its cinephile tendencies, September has also picked up Lumiere! The Adventure Begins, Cannes director Thierry Frémaux’s documentary about early film pioneers, Louis and Auguste Lumière, which is also sold by Wild Bunch.

September continues to handle selected Dutch titles, among them International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) competition entry Quality Time and the forthcoming portmanteau pic, Rotterdam, I Love You. It is also boarding projects at an earlier stage, for example coming on board The Wife Of The Pilotfrom director Anne Zohra, which was recently »

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Antarctica: Ice and Sky (aka Ice and the Sky) (La glace et le ciel) documentary review: how we know we are burning the planet

20 January 2017 12:54 PM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… A deeply personal memoir from the scientist with a “wild empathy for the planet” who locked down the human responsibility for global warming. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The guy who made March of the Penguins introduces you to the guy who figured out that global warming is real and the result of human action and does any of this even matter now that Donald Trump is the President of the United States and the official stance of the White House is that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese as a tactic to ruin the American economy? We’re all so screwed. Anyway let documentarian Luc Jacquet present 82-year-old glaciologist Claude Lorius, who has made around a gazillion trips to Antarctica in the past 60 years and knows »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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‘Antarctica: Ice and Sky’ Review: Environmental Doc Overpraises Its Subject

20 January 2017 10:20 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Luc Jacquet’s documentary “Antarctica: Ice & Sky” comes to praise Claude Lorius, the now-84-year-old glaciologist who was the first researcher to discover a link between greenhouse gases and global warming. But Jacquet (“March of the Penguins”) goes several steps further and deifies him — and if Lorius had a hand in shaping the film’s earnest, often purple, and utterly irritating first-person narration, he effectively buries himself. French actor Michel Papineschi, not Lorius, provides the voiceover, though there’s no indication that you’re not hearing the scientist tell his own story. You may be surprised to find that “Ice & Sky” is. »

- Tricia Olszewski

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Doc Corner: The Timely Reminder of 'Antarctica: Ice and Sky'

17 January 2017 7:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Director Luc Jacquet ventures into the past to show us our future in Antarctica: Ice and Sky, one of the best enviro-docs that I have seen in recent times. A film about climate change that revels in the captivating splendour of its natural subject as much as it does science and the ravages of humanity. It’s an appropriate film to watch right on the outset of what could very well be four of the most environmentally disastrous years on record. A timely reminder that even in the depths of the Cold War, the USA, France and Russia worked together for the greater good of the planet.

Like he did with Oscar-winning March of the Penguins, Jacquet shows a distinct knack for taking the potentially dry blueprint of a nature documentary and manipulate it into something more broadly cinematic. With the particularly impressive work of editor of Stéphane Mazalaigue, Jacquet »

- Glenn Dunks

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