YOUNG TURKS : DIVERGENT

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REVIEW - Yeah I know: you’ve had it with those dystopian blockbusters à la Hunger Games. Nowadays, it seems picking up a film comes down to choosing between one of those and a Marvel.

I’m obviously exaggerating: Divergent might not be the ultimate entertainment but it shouldn’t be dismissed as a useless copycat. Even more so when its cast of young actors gravitating around Shailene Woodley is made of bonafide talent.

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NOT JUST ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE : VAMPIRE ACADEMY

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REVIEW - Ever since Twilight has ended, many romance-fantasy movies have tried to fill the void it has left. Not a single one of them has however succeeded in becoming the critics darling and a studio’s cash cow; including Vampire Academy.

There’s little hope for the remaining books to be turned into films now. It’s frustrating because Vampire Academy actually turned out to be entertaining and thrillingly feminist.

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THEODORE AND THE REAL GIRL : SPIKE JONZE’s ‘HER’

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REVIEW - There are movies you’re scared not to love because people might think you’re stupid. I talked about those already. And then, there are movies you’re afraid not to because people might conclude that you have no soul.

I didn’t want to be soulless so I tried really hard to get into Her, the new Spike Jonze's movie. I must be one heartless ice queen because it didn't quite work out for me. I guess I would have enjoyed Her more if it had been a thriller…

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THIS IS GOSPEL : DARREN ARONOFSKY’s ‘NOAH’

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REVIEW - Have you ever fight off the tears in front of a movie because you didn’t want the person sitting next to you to think that you’re an emotional basket-case?

I didn’t manage to do so at the Noah's screening although I desperately wanted to: I was in a room full of fellow film critics, some of them openly laughing at Darren Aronofsky's latest movie while I was crying my heart out. It was the most unexpected thing ever.

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RISKY BUSINESS : “LA CRÈME DE LA CRÈME” de KIM CHAPIRON

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REVIEW - Au sujet du Wolf of Wall Street, j’écrivais que les tribulations d’un enfoiré sous coke sont amusantes, mais pas pendant 2h40. Idem pour celles de nantis qui s’encanaillent.

La Crème de la crème ne dure qu’1h30 mais est un tel point ennuyeux et affligeant qu’il m’a fait regretter les reportages racoleurs de Zone Interdite autrement plus subversifs sur la jeunesse dorée. Attention spoilers

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YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME : ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

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REVIEW - Waiting in the line to see Only Lovers Left Alive, I noticed that my fellow movie-goers were throwing worrying looks at me. I thought I had forgotten to put pants on but then it hit me : I was paler than usual that day and I was holding a cup of beetroot juice that looked a lot like blood.

Being mistaken for a wannabee-vampire kinda made my day. The sure thing though is that if I were indeed one, I would emulate Lestat and not the hipster bloodsuckers of Jim Jarmusch’s film.

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THE LOST WORLD : WES ANDERSON’s ‘THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL’

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REVIEW - I’m not really into Wes Anderson's cinema. Frankly, it bothers me a bit. I sometimes think I must be kinda dumb not to get how amazing his whole oeuvre is. It's unpleasant to be afraid of missing out on something great because you're not sharp enough.

I mean I would love to be able to dissect in minute detail The Grand Budapest Hotel like fellow critics so brilliantly did but I guess I just have the following none mind-blowing thoughts to offer.

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ULTIMATE MOVIE LIST #13 : JACK GUINNESS, MODEL & DANDY

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INTERVIEW - I talked about Ralph Fiennes and dandyism in my latest review so what’s better than following up with the interview of real-life British dandy Jack Guinness? You’ve seen him in magazines and on the red carpets with fashion royalties Alexa Chung and Georgia May Jagger but did you know that he also writes weekly on his blog? Read him for insights on style, pop culture, life and… Ace Ventura.

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SOMETHING BORROWED : JOSÉ PADILHA’s ‘ROBOCOP’

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REVIEW - To paraphrase Michael Keaton in the movie, I did not know how much I needed this new RoboCop before I saw it. A die-hard fan of Paul Verhoeven and his ‘87 masterpiece, I was like all of you utterly against this remake.

I bitched about it for months, laughing out loud at the production problems, dead sure it would be a piece of junk. Well, I want to sincerely apologize for my negative attitude. This RoboCop is indeed nothing short of a miracle.

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THE SELFISH GIANTS : DAVID O’RUSSELL’s ‘AMERICAN HUSTLE’

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REVIEW - I loved Silver Linings Playbook. To me it was enchanting. As in truly magical. It had an incredible energy that made me feel as if I were sharing the characters’s journey.

The little story is that right before seeing it, I bought a book. When Jennifer Lawrence began to reveal the story of the Lord of the Flies, I panicked : it was the book I had just bought! I wish something similar had happened to me during American Hustle. It might have had revive my short-lived interest for it.

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