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Watch: 25-Minute Documentary On The Making Of 'The Age Of Innocence' With Martin Scorsese, Daniel Day-Lewis & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2014 10:48 AM
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The Age Of Innocence
While the phrase "wildly underrated" is probably not quite fitting for Martin Scorsese's 1993 period drama "The Age Of Innocence," the film certainly deserves a reappraisal. Arriving after "Goodfellas" and "Cape Fear," it was a big switch in direction for the filmmaker and given the lukewarm reception the movie received at the time, it wasn't a big surprise that two years later he essentially made a new version of "Goodfellas" with "Casino." But as we noted in our Martin Scorsese Retrospective last year, while the movie "is neither as broad nor as deep as Scorsese at his best, there is still a great deal to enjoy here." And perhaps the brief documentary below will inspire you to give it another chance.

Interview: Luc Besson Talks Scorsese's Influence On 'The Family,' Returning To Sci-Fi & Not Getting Paid For 'Nikita'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 12, 2013 5:40 PM
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On Friday, Luc Besson, the madcap French filmmaker behind "Nikita," "Leon: The Professional," and "The Fifth Element," takes a break from overseeing his European action genre movie empire to, unleash his newest directorial effort, "The Family." The movie stars Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer as former mobsters sent off to live in Normandy, France, as a very extreme form of witness relocation (Tommy Lee Jones is their gruff FBI handler). Like most of Besson's other concoctions, it veers wildly from extreme violence to maudlin melodrama to broad physical humor, sometimes in the same scene. This is par for the course with Besson.

Review: Luc Besson's 'The Family' Starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer & Tommy Lee Jones

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 12, 2013 4:03 PM
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The term “dark comedy” used to mean a film or program that dealt with laughs but also discomforting adult situations and themes. For most filmmakers today, that now serves as a green light to portray death and violence with as little consequence or moral dimension whatsoever, giving protagonists a chance to guiltlessly resolve their complex problems with a little casual bloodshed. Slapstick has become so degraded that now all it takes is a blow to the head for directors to believe they’ve earned the audience’s approval, as if they are dogs yapping at the sensory stimulation. If that’s the case, then Luc Besson’s “The Family” is best left to the kennel.

Watch: 3 Clips & New Pics From Luc Besson's 'The Family' Starring Robert De Niro

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2013 10:43 AM
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In 1993's "The Fugitive," Tommy Lee Jones' Samuel Gerard had to go on a hard target search to find Dr. Richard Kimble, and now 20 years later, the actor is still chasing lawbreakers. Kinda. In "The Family," he knows exactly where gangster Giovanni Manzoni is, the challenge is keeping him hidden.

"I Can't Wait To See How It Ends": New Teaser Trailer For Luc Besson's 'The Family' Starring Robert De Niro

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2013 11:35 AM
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The Family Robert De Niro Michelle Pfeiffer
The Robert De Niro hit-to-miss ratio these days simply isn't very good. For every "Silver Linings Playbook," there are things like "The Big Wedding" and "Killing Season" (and that's just in 2013). On the one hand, we're kinda glad to see him working with a director of at least some weight in Luc Besson (though his best days seem similarly far behind him). We just wish the action-comedy "The Family" looked a bit more promising.

Watch: First Trailer For Luc Besson's 'The Family' Starring Robert De Niro (Formerly Known As 'Malavita')

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2013 7:15 PM
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The Family Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro is getting back in the family, and no, we don't mean another 'Fockers' movie. Rather, he's getting back in the organized family way, once again entering the game of legitimate business dealings, and starring in the latest from Luc Besson, "The Family" (which you probably knew about under it's previous title "Malavita"). For both director and star, they've had a patchy last few years, with both highlights ("Silver Linings Playbook" and "Stone" for De Niro) and lowlights (wait, what was the last good movie Besson directed?). Can they form a power pairing here?

First Look At Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal In 'Prisoners' And Robert De Niro & Michelle Pfeiffer In 'The Family'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 1:41 PM
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Now that the Cannes Film Festival is in the rearview, we can't help but start speculating about what movies will hit the Venice/Telluride/TIFF circuit in just a few months, and these two are probably pretty fair bets.

Tommy Lee Jones Joins Luc Besson's Darkly Comedic Actioner 'Malavita'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 29, 2012 12:36 PM
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We’ve given a lot of credit to Tommy Lee Jones recently for his willingness to step out so late in his career and try on different hats, like writing, directing, and starring in the pioneer-era tale “The Homesman,” as well as going a little more comedic (and raunchy) than he’s used to in the Meryl Streep co-starring “Hope Springs.” And now he’s set to star in a dark comedy/action mish-mash for Luc Besson. While other aging talent remains comfortable turning in repetitive or forgetable performances, Jones just keeps on rolling.

20th Anniversary: 5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Batman Returns'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 19, 2012 10:58 AM
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We’re on the eve of a brand new Batman blockbuster, next month’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” which will feature Anne Hathaway as the semi-villainous cat burglar Selina Kyle who prowls the streets at night as Catwoman. While Christopher Nolan and co. have given some real-world explanations for her eccentricities (her night vision goggles prop up on her head like cat’s ears), the hardest task in defining Catwoman for a new generation will be getting out from under the shadow of Michelle Pfeiffer, whose portrayal in Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” remains one of the towering performances in all of comic book moviedom.

Michelle Pfeiffer Joins Robert De Niro In Luc Besson's Gangster Pic 'Malativa'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2012 6:59 PM
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One of the few highlights of the otherwise lifeless and disapointing "Dark Shadows" was -- unsurprisingly -- Michelle Pfeiffer as the matriarch of the Collins clan. As usual, she classed up the proceedings and brought a nice, icy tone to an otherwise frothy movie. Better yet, the actress who had a slight dip in her career toward the end of '90s seems to be brewing something of a comeback. And this could be the picture that puts her back on top.

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