Director Cédric Jimenez's "The Connection" details the burgeoning international heroin trade channeled through Marseille, France, mid-1970s into the 80s. Those enmeshed in what we call the French Connection, since it stretched to the U.S., consisted of magistrates, prosecutors, judges, and multiple battling criminal factions. Fueled by greed, bribery and murder, corruption and fear ruled the day.
George Clooney made a noble effort to tell the story of soldier/scholars sent by President Franklin Roosevelt to save the culture of Europe near the end of World War II. A noble effort, however, does not immediately translate to a fine film.
Impressively executed and immensely entertaining, The Artist charts the fading career of silent film star George Valentin juxtaposed with the rise of new discovery Peppy Miller. In a strong supporting role native St. Louisan John Goodman plays director Al Zimmer. This gorgeous black-and-white homage to silent film takes place in Hollywood from 1927 to 1931, the transition to talkies.