Film Reviews for Sophisticated Cinephiles

A movie review podcast hosted by Hollywood critics, Les Roberts and Ann Elder. Each episode contains an in depth analysis of a chosen film. Les and Ann's Hollywood experience gives them the insight to discuss plot, script, casting, and whatever else you might want to know!

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Not Jazzed About "The Great Gatsby"

Review Summary: Ann and Les criticize the film for destroying the beautiful writing and jazz music of the 1920's.

Plot: This retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic portrays a veteran who uses elaborate measures in his attempt to recapture the past and the love he once knew. 143 minutes runtime.

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Writer: Baz Luhrmann*

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton

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"A Bigger Splash"

While Les prefered the film for it’s interesting casting choices, Ann disagreed and concluded it wasn’t such a big splash after all.
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"Now You See Me 2"

Ann and Les agreed that the all-star cast and epic stunt sequences made for a delightful, feel-good show.
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Ann and Les agreed this film masterfully captured the 50’s era tribulations, featuring outstanding actors who perfectly depicted the stirring emotions of this time period.
Listen to "Indignation"

"Blade Runner 2049"

Despite the epic sci-fi adventure and stunning visual effects, Ann and Les felt the emotionless characters held back the picture from being a true masterpiece...
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