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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"The Hurt Locker"

Review Summary: Les thinks "The Hurt Locker" is a powerful film that honors the bond between soldiers. Ann loved this film because it "sets aside politics and shows how soldiers will take care of one another."

Plot: Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together to survive. Runtime 131 minutes.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Writer: Mark Boal

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Geraghty

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