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July 16, 1996 | JUSTIN DAVIDSON, NEWSDAY
"I'm not a real comedian," admits Jean Reno, whose straight-man incarnation of a hapless but dignified medieval knight stranded in 1992 helped make the slapstick comedy "The Visitors" France's highest-grossing movie ever. "Comedians are guys with tons of energy. They're animals." There is indeed something bestial about the movie's screenwriter, Christian Clavier, who also plays the knight's braying, snorting and caterwauling sidekick, and it is a quality Reno admires, but from afar.
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April 6, 2001 | GENE SEYMOUR, FOR THE TIMES
Truly it is a peculiar curse upon the world, this high-concept joke that refuses to die. One speaks of the story of a brave, bold French knight who mistakenly takes a potion intended for his betrothed and commits murder. Sentenced to die, he then takes a potion from a dotty old wizard that lands him and his wretched, smelly servant in contemporary times.
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April 6, 2001 | GENE SEYMOUR, FOR THE TIMES
Truly it is a peculiar curse upon the world, this high-concept joke that refuses to die. One speaks of the story of a brave, bold French knight who mistakenly takes a potion intended for his betrothed and commits murder. Sentenced to die, he then takes a potion from a dotty old wizard that lands him and his wretched, smelly servant in contemporary times.
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July 16, 1996 | JUSTIN DAVIDSON, NEWSDAY
"I'm not a real comedian," admits Jean Reno, whose straight-man incarnation of a hapless but dignified medieval knight stranded in 1992 helped make the slapstick comedy "The Visitors" France's highest-grossing movie ever. "Comedians are guys with tons of energy. They're animals." There is indeed something bestial about the movie's screenwriter, Christian Clavier, who also plays the knight's braying, snorting and caterwauling sidekick, and it is a quality Reno admires, but from afar.
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January 10, 2014 | By Times Staff Writers
The 2014 winter-spring movie preview is a broad overview of films opening through late April. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change. FOR THE RECORD: Movie previews: A listing in the Jan. 12 Sunday Calendar Movie Sneaks section for the film "G.B.F. " had the names of the writer and director reversed. The writer of the teen comedy opening this weekend is George Northy, and the director is Darren Stein. - Jan. 17 Back in the Day An aspiring actor best known for his insurance commercials heads home to Indiana for his high school reunion and reconnects with his now-married friends and an old flame.
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July 27, 1996
French actor Jean Reno says he won't portray a Nazi, rapist or vampire in a movie ("French 'Visitors' Star Has a Mission in the U.S.," July 16.) "I won't do anything that offends my moral sense," he says. Did he forget his role in "The Professional"? The article certainly did, since there was no mention of it. Jean, to refresh your memory: You were a hired assassin! You killed people for money! You taught a young girl how to shoot people! Contradiction, no? BRIAN SOERGEL San Bernardino
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October 29, 2009 | Jevon Phillips
Things get tense when a lone voice in a group of unbreakable car guards balks at the plan to cash in on a major delivery of their own in Sony Pictures' "Armored," set to hit theaters Dec. 4. In the film, Matt Dillon gets bloodied and Columbus Short plays the new guy whose spark of morality sets the situation ablaze after a cop is unexpectedly shot during the heist. Director Nimrod Antal had to orchestrate a shoot that saw armored car stunts, gun battles, fire and a large cast that also includes Laurence Fishburne, Jean Reno, Skeet Ulrich and Milo Ventimiglia.
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July 28, 2000 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cut down from 163 minutes to 119 and given a Hollywood ending, Luc Besson's "The Big Blue" was a total disaster for all concerned when it was released in the U.S. in 1988. Restored to its original length, "The Big Blue" returns, with a new CinemaScope print. It's still far from a masterpiece, but you can become deeply caught up in it by the time it reaches the ending Besson intended, and you can now understand why, in its original form, it touched so many audiences around the world.
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September 27, 2002 | MANOHLA DARGIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The flaccid new French action film "Wasabi" is the cinematic equivalent of one of those tourist T-shirts your parents bring back from vacation--you know, they get to go to Tokyo and you get this stupid movie. Quite a few people were lucky enough to travel to Japan for the making of this film, including its screenwriter and prolific producer Luc Besson, who's best known here as the director of such gleefully corrupt entertainments as "La Femme Nikita" and "The Fifth Element."
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June 29, 2001 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Crimson Rivers" shows that Mathieu Kassovitz, one of France's most audacious young filmmakers--and actors--can go out and make a movie as big and bad as one of Hollywood's worst.
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June 13, 2003 | Manohla Dargis, Times Staff Writer
In this minor whimsy of a film, two strangers meet during a transportation strike and partake of some stop-and-go romance. Juliette Binoche plays Rose, a petit-bourgeois beautician on the run from an abusive relationship, while a slicked-up, buttoned-down and gruffly attractive Jean Reno plays Felix, a fastidious celebrity chef on the lam from his past.
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December 30, 2010
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