FRANCE – Review by Leslie Combemale

France is meant to be a satire on fame, celebrity, and the blind adulation of news personalities and their takes on the news, and as such, it’s certainly interesting. Lea Seydoux excels at being at once beautiful, inscrutable, and magnetic as France de Meurs, a fictional celebrity newscaster, clearly designed in the vein of Christiane Amanpour. De Meurs, however, proves to be manipulative, self-absorbed, and shallow.

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WINE CRUSH (VAS-Y COUPE!) – Review by Carol Cling

In vino veritas — in wine, there is truth — has been a common Latin proverb for at least a millennium. (Just ask Pliny the Elder.) But Wine Crush expands the proverb to in vino verite, thanks to its cinema verite exploration of harvest season in France’s Champagne region. Wine Crush provides a detailed deep dive into the winemaking process.

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