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 Joy of "Inside Out"

Review Summary: Our reviewers adored this children's film by Disney-Pixar. Les says he forgot he was even watching an animated film, and Ann loved the layers of the film that entertain both children and adults.

Plot: Riley, a young and happy Midwestern girl, is saddened by her family's move to San Francisco until her emotions join together to cheer her up. 94 minutes runtime

Director: Pete Docter

Writer: Pete Docter

Starring: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Lewis Black

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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.
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"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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