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The Family, 2013.
Directed by Luc Besson.
The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.
Once one of the most influential directors to break into Hollywood from Europe, filmmaker Luc Besson is now more recognisable as a producer of low to mid budget B movie action trash like Taken and The Transporter, but he has made some fantastic films as a director. The Family is not one of them; in fact, it’s the worst film of his I’ve seen by quite some margin.
Tired, lifeless, predictable, and utterly without purpose, Besson’s film is a cluster of clichés with maybe 45 minutes worth of story stretched over 100 minutes. Telling the story of the Blakes, »
- Gary Collinson
It’s been 15 years since Luc Besson directed his last genuine Hollywood hit with the enjoyable European sci-fi comedy The Fifth Element. Since then he’s dabbled in writing and producing action mega hits such as Taken and The Transporter franchises, as well as helming more personal projects like The Lady and Angel-a.
Forthcoming crime comedy The Family, based on the novel ‘Malavita’ by Tonino Benacquista, may still see him on French home soil but the film is led by genuine Hollywood royalty with Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer as the husband and wife of a notorious mafia family named The Manzoni’s, who are forced into the witness protection programme in Normandy when they’re turn snitch. Official synopsis is as follows:
A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite the »
- Craig Hunter
Chicago – Welcome to the new world of Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming coverage on HollywoodChicago.com. With so many options from iTunes to Video On Demand to Hulu to Blu-ray, what should you be watching this week? Every week, we’ll highlight some of the most interesting new releases, link to our full review coverage when applicable, tell you what’s special about the Blu-ray releases, and point you in the right direction to watch them.
We will still do some full-length Blu-ray and DVD reviews of special editions or particularly notable releases, but we know that you’re watching movies and TV shows in new ways in 2013 and we want to be as helpful as possible. Welcome to the future.
What to Watch: August 13-19th, 2013
Photo credit: Disney
There may be some irony in starting a new feature with a “Nearly 35th Anniversary »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Arrow Films are pleased to announce the DVD box set release of French cult actor Jean Reno's hit Parisian cop drama Jo on Monday 5 August. In his first TV series role since the 1980s, Reno plays Jo St-Clair, a veteran detective in Paris' elite Criminal Brigade, tackling the city's most challenging murder cases. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Jo, we've kindly been provided with Three DVD copies of the series to give away to our regular readers, courtesy of the team at UK distributor Arrow Films. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
Jo's unique storylines take its audience behind-the-scenes at some of Paris' most iconic locations. Heinous crimes are committed in the picturesque settings of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Catacombs and Place Vendome. »
- CineVue UK
4 items from 2013
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