The Family: Luc Besson's Latest Whipsaws Between Mafia Movie and Carnage Comedy

Since the late eighties, critics like me have blown raspberries at Robert De Niro for not taking his roles quite as seriously (to put it mildly) as he did in the pre–Raging Bull, Mega-Method-Immersion era, but every so often he finds his center again and reminds you that he’s still an amusing fellow — and a movie star. He and Michelle Pfeiffer make brief but harmonious music together in Luc Besson’s French-American co-production The Family, a black comedy that doesn’t begin to jell but has a sweetheart of a cast and the odd diverting moment.  Read More...


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