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French Film Festival City of Lights, City of Angels Hits LA in April

The 18th annual City of Lights, City of Angels (COL*COA) returns to L.A. and the Directors Guild Theater in 2014. A Week of French film premieres will unspool from April 21-18.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2013 1:38 PM
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'Unfinished Song' Leads Weak New Openers As 'Bling Ring,' 'Much Ado' and 'Before Midnight' Fight for Wider Attention

After several weeks of mainly $20,000 range or better per screen averages for several opening week films in limited release, the new ones this week fell short of that. The best was Weinstein's "Unfinished Song," more of a crowd-pleaser than critics film, while two acclaimed foreign films -- "The Attack" and "A Hijacking" -- both struggled somewhat to gain footing.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 23, 2013 4:30 PM
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Weekend Picks: 'Monsters,' Pirates, Terrorists and Zombies

If you want to escape from the horrors of the real world, head straight to Pixar's "Monsters University," a delightful college comedy prequel that brings back the voices of John Goodman as Sully and Billy Crystal as Mike. Unlike the best Pixar films, this one is neither original nor aimed at the widest demo; "MU" skews young and male.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • June 20, 2013 3:28 PM
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'The Attack' Takes Three Prizes at 17th Annual COL-COA French Film Festival

On Monday Night, City of Lights, City of Angels -- the annual French film festival in Hollywood -- concluded by awarding Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri's Tel Aviv-set thriller "The Attack" with three top prizes including the Audience Award and the Special Critics' Prize.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 23, 2013 11:30 AM
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