Screened Out – Lucy

By : Stephen Miller
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Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman

Frenchman Luc Besson has been known for writing some really cool films and some pretty awful ones. His first hit was the awesome La Femme Nikita; he also made The Fifth Element, which is so cheesy it circles back to cool. We have him to thank for writing the mildly entertaining Transporter flicks, and we have him to blame for last year’s stinker The Family. Lucy, unfortunately, is another less-than-stellar show.

It starts out with a whiz-bang premise that gets even better in the first 20 minutes. Then, it starts to droop and sink under combined weight of pretention and cliché. Even the amazing visuals cannot stop its devolution into a preachy flick punctuated by pointless violence and shoot-outs.

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Screened Out: The Family

By : Stephen Miller
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Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo

The Family could be one of those great, terrible movies for teaching students lessons about tone and consistency. Because it has none. Sometimes, your only purpose in life is to stand as a dire warning to others. The Family does this as a film.

French director Luc Besson aims to take De Niro’s reputation acting as a mobster and turns it into crass, violent, puerile comedy – meaning The Family means to degrade great actors and their past work. De Niro signed up for it, along with Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer. Why?

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