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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We're Not Lion about "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"

Review Summary: Ann and Les adored the beautiful color and animation that reminded them of "Fantasia." They also thought that the humor was entertaining for children and adults alike!

Plot: Marty, Melmin, Gloria and Alex continue their journey home to the NYC Zoo; they go undercover in an outrageous circus as they are chased across Europe by a French animal control officer. Runtime 93 minutes.

Director: Eric Darnell

Writer: Eric Darnell

Starring: Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith and Chris Rock

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