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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Remembering 9/11 - "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

Review Summary: Ann and Les appreciate the idea of paying tribute to the victims and families of 9/11, but they thought this film fell short of its goal.

Plot: A pacifist nine-year-old inventor, searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died on September 11, 2001. Runtime 129 minutes.

Director: Stephen Daldry

Writer: Eric Roth

Starring: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock

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