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The Winners & Losers Of Summer Movies 2014

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 27, 2014 3:22 PM
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The Winners & Losers Of The Summer Of 2014
With the Venice Film Festival kicking off today with the premiere of “Birdman," and this week’s releases being “The November Man” and “As Above, So Below,” it can only mean one thing: summer is over. Labor Day is almost upon us, days are getting shorter, and Oscar season is closing in, and as such, it seems like the perfect time to look back at the summer movie season.

"I Don't See How We Can Do One": Luc Besson Rules Out 'Lucy' Sequel (For Now)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2014 10:19 AM
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Lucy, Scarlett
In the course of his career, Luc Besson has produced the following: two "Taken" films (with a third on the way); three "Transporter" movies, along with a TV show based on the movie, plus a feature length reboot "The Transporter Legacy" coming next year; "Nikita"; the Hollywood remake "Point Of No Return" in addition to a TV series; four "Taxi" movies; three "Arthur" movies....you see where we're going. So when he says that there's no possibility of a followup to this summer's surprise hit "Lucy," you can see why we're taking his claim with a grain of salt.

Luc Besson's Statement Of Intent For 'Lucy' Compares The Film To '2001,' 'Inception' & 'Leon The Professional'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2014 1:38 PM
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Lucy, Scarlett
Luc Besson's "Lucy" opened this weekend, and if there was any doubt that audiences want to see Scarlett Johansson kick ass, those were put to rest. The movie outmuscled the Dwayne Johnson-starring "Hercules" for the top spot, and even managed to score better-than-expected reviews (including ours). Indeed, the critical community hasn't been this kind to a Besson film in years, and perhaps it has to do with the overall ambition of the film.

Box-Office: Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Lucy’ Beauty Outperforms Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Hercules’ Brawn

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 27, 2014 11:58 AM
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Lucy
Call it a battle of the beauty and the beast if you like. Though audiences didn’t seem to love Luc Besson’s “Lucy” or Brett Ratner’s “Hercules”—at least considering those dismal Cinemascore ratings (C+ for the former). But they were unsure about either and curious, as reviews for both hit rather late in the week. And so viewers chose “Lucy” starring Scarlett Johansson—reviews being largely, “ridiculous, but entertaining”—over Dwayne Johnson and “Hercules”—reviews more akin to “ridiculous and just bad.” The critical buzz surely didn’t hurt, Besson not having made a critically lauded film in some time, and perhaps audiences wanted to see what all the fuss was about. And so “Lucy” perched itself atop the box office this weekend, hauling in approximately $44 million. That makes for the highest grossing box-office debut for a Scarlett Johansson-starring vehicle ever (all those Marvel films don't really count) by a rather large margin. Perhaps 2006's the "Black Dahlia" ($10 million opening) is the last movie that could be considered a "starring" role for the actress.

Review: Luc Besson's 'Lucy' Starring Scarlet Johansson And Morgan Freeman

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 23, 2014 12:00 PM
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Lucy
There's a moment in Luc Besson's “Lucy” when Scarlett Johansson's title character has cracked the code of existence like a videogame cheat. She goes Rust Cohle on who are appropriately the smartest minds of the world, explaining how numbers are just one of many false constructs that humans use to bring sense to a life of chaos. Which is amusing, since “Lucy” itself is all math—one beautiful superstar (a game Johansson), one Morgan Freeman (Morgan Freeman), a chase, some fights, superpowers, a brief moment of transcendence, gorgeous colors, all wrapped up in an 80-minute bow. Merely the presence of these elements are a delight, nevermind the inconsistently lyrical manner in which Besson combines them. It's basically the perfect summer movie, because it's designed to be.

From 'La Femme Nikita' to 'Lucy': Director Luc Besson Talks The Strong Women In 6 Of His Key Films

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 22, 2014 3:54 PM
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Lucy, Scarlett
For a man who makes his living writing and producing muscular action movies like the "Taken" franchise, Luc Besson is a filmmaker who has continually shown an amazing sensitivity and fondness for strong female characters. These aren't buxom bimbos that wield Uzis and mutter one-liners; these are fully dimensional characters that Besson is seemingly fascinated by, since they turn up in everything from historical epics to tiny, Kapra-esque comedies. The newest Luc Besson heroine is the title character played by Scarlett Johansson in this week's "Lucy," about a young woman who, after accidentally ingesting an experimental drug, unlocks the potential of the human brain. It's crazy and kind of awesome, and the latest in a long line of Besson's strong female characters.

Watch: Scarlett Johansson Gets The Combination, Helps The Authorities In 2 Clips From 'Lucy' Plus New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 14, 2014 5:19 PM
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Lucy, Scarlett
From a brief moment, there was a time to be excited about a new film from Luc Besson. But that was a long, long time ago when he was making movies like "La Femme Nikita," "Leon: The Professional" and "The Fifth Element." But these days he seems content to knock out drivel like last year's "The Family," his transparent awards contender "The Lady" all while helping stuff like "Taken" and "Brick Mansions" get made. Anyway, Besson is back behind the camera, this time for "Lucy," and yeah it looks about as exactly as underwhelming as you might guess.

Watch: Scarlett Johansson Races Through Paris In New 'Lucy' Clip, Plus New Photos & A Featurette

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 12, 2014 10:21 AM
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Lucy
We’ve heard “Lucy” the new action thriller by Luc Besson as a cross between “The Tree Of Life” and well… a Luc Besson-helmed action movie. We’re not sure what the hell the Malick part has to do with anything, but we suppose that makes it sound slightly more intriguing. The movie stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman in Taipei who gets in over her head as a drug mule. She’s then accidentally given super enhancing drugs that make her more evolved to the point that she’s using more than just 10% of her brain (an inaccuracy that pop culture still likes to hang onto). She then becomes lightning quick, super human and bad ass to the point that she kicks a lot of butt.

Watch: Scarlett Johansson Kills Dudes Dead In Violent First Red Band Clip From Luc Besson’s ‘Lucy’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 9, 2014 2:55 PM
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Lucy, Scarlett Johansson
Real talk: what was the last decent film writer/producer/director Luc Besson made? We looked at where things went wrong in this Assessment feature from last year. But really? “I always follow my instinct," Besson told us in September of 2013. Considering that last good film might be 1997’s “The Fifth Element” maybe that instinct hasn’t served him so well? But he’s back one year after “The Family” with Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer that didn’t change anyone’s opinion of his late-era career trajectory.

10 Films To See In July

  • By The Playlist
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  • July 2, 2014 3:46 PM
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Films To See In July
So we've passed the midway mark of the year and we only have technically eight weeks left of summer with July 4th right around the corner. Depending on what kind of moviegoer you are, this is either a godsend, or a melancholy reminder that blockbuster season is almost over (and if it’s the former here’s our wishlist for the Fall Film Festival season).

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