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Review: The Lady

In addition to making dumb action flicks, Luc Besson has another hobby — turning the lives of valiant women into mediocre movies.
The life of Aung San Suu Kyi falls prey to Luc Besson's filmmaking
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 13, 2012

Heroine chic

One of the more satisfying moments in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) occurs when 13-year-old Hermione (Emma Watson) unloads a right hook that staggers the villainous Malfoy. “That felt good,” she says, pleased with herself. “Not good,”
Hollywood cashes in on girl power
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 09, 2010

Review: District 13: Ultimatum

In 2004, Luc Besson's District B13 [ Banlieue 13 ] wall-jumped its way into our hearts by thrusting the urban acrobatics of parkour onto the big screen.
Balletic beatdowns aplenty
By SHAULA CLARK  |  February 19, 2010

Review: From Paris With Love

"God, I love the French," bellows the American ambassador to France.
Laced with Gallic bile
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 12, 2010

Review: Taken

Pierre Morel's talents as an action cinematographer served him well when he directed District B13.
The stink of producer/co-screenwriter Luc Besson permeates like Roquefort
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 27, 2009


Could this be Besson’s directing finale, as rumored? Ouais, s’il vous plaît!
Frank Capra’s classic loses its class
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 06, 2007


Arthur and the Invisibles

This, the latest movie from “the creative mind of talented filmmaker Luc Besson," screened for critics last month, in the usual way. Watch the trailer for Arthur and the Invisibles  (QuickTime)
Doesn't dazzle
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 17, 2007

Banlieue 13 / District B13

Cinematographer-turned-director Pierre Morel’s breezy assemblage of acrobatics eschews the former’s dark climes in favor of a brightly lit Parisian ghetto, the better to see the amazing action.
Plot is secondary to thrilling stunts
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 31, 2006

New to DVD for the week of January 13, 2006

The Constant Gardener, Red Eye, Saraband , and Transporter 2
Capsule Reviews of The Constant Gardener, Red Eye, Saraband , and Transporter 2
By  |  January 18, 2006