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Topic - Luc Besson
A dark comedy about a mafia family in the witness protection program hiding out in France, “The Family” would seem to have a lot going for it: an affable premise, stars with long experience in the mafia genre and a director known for bridging the gap between French and American cinema.
Jason Statham tries working with a top-notch director and a surprisingly strong supporting cast in a film based on an acclaimed series of caper novels, and winds up falling flat in the most surprising of ways.
Gilles Marini has made a name for himself in Hollywood, thanks to roles on ABC Family's "Switched at Birth" and "Brothers & Sisters," and competing on "Dancing With the Stars."
Planning to pay out good money to see "Taken 2"? To paraphrase Liam Neeson, you're about to be taken.
Spring signals new beginnings. Not only in statement-making prints and new colors _ as the Paris spring-summer 2013 season has shown _ but in bold ideas that remap the fashion landscape.
"The Cabin in the Woods" _ Stop reading this review right now. Go see the movie, then come back and we can have a conversation about it. The less you know going into it, the better. We can say this much: The hype is justified. And that's saying something when we're talking about geek god Joss Whedon, who produced and co-wrote the script with director Drew Goddard, a veteran of such revered TV shows as "Lost" and Whedon's own "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Goddard makes his directing debut with this long-awaited film but he keeps all the moving parts humming along with thrilling fluidity and ease. "The Cabin in the Woods" walks a very difficult line and manages to find the right tone pretty much the entire time. Anyone can spoof and parody and wink at the camera in making fun of a specific genre, especially one like horror in which the conventions are so deeply ingrained and staying a couple steps ahead of the characters is part of the fun. But the trick is to avoid going overboard and to play it somewhat straight. "Cabin" affectionately toys with the familiarity of certain types and plot points but it also dares to take a step back and examine why we need to return to these sorts of films, why we love to laugh and jump, why we hunger for carnage and thirst for blood. It pays homage to the kinds of frights horror fans know and love while managing to provide surprises and twists, layers upon layers, over and over again. It's humorously self-aware without being smugly sarcastic. Five friends go away for the weekend to a remote cabin by a lake. Clearly, they won't all make it out alive. R for strong bloody horror, violence and gore, language, drug use and some sexuality/nudity. 95 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four.
French director Luc Besson's biopic of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has won an unusual endorsement.
Michelle Yeoh remembers her pride as a Southeast Asian youth when Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and the actress thinks she's the right person to portray the Myanmar democracy icon.
A biopic about Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday opened Rome's film festival, whose organizers quoted the Nobel Peace Prize winner as calling truth and justice bastions against brutality.
French director Luc Besson's "The Lady," about Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, will open this year's Rome Film Festival, organizers said Thursday.
Korean movie star So Ji-sub has mixed feelings as he awaits his country's international film festival that kicks off next month with a romance that features him as a troubled former boxer in love.
"Angel-A," Luc Besson's latest French feature, starts out as a rather amusing criminal comedy.
While Marini would like to make a film in France and cites French filmmaker Luc Besson as someone he would like to work with, he says it's not necessary to his career.
"Don't forget 90 percent of the actors in France, their dream is to come here. I'm here. Why go back, you know? Except if it's a project that would matter," he said.