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 Revenant:" UnBearable or Masterpiece?

Review Summary: Les adored everything about this film, but Ann despised its length and brutality. Listen for a heated debate!

Plot: An 1820's fur trapper is mauled by a bear and left for dead; he struggles to survive for six weeks so he can avenge his son's murder and his own desertion. Runtime 156 minutes.

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Writer: Mark L. Smith*

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter

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