Julie’s Review Room: ‘The Family’

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“The Family,” stars Robert De Niro & Michelle Pfieffer as members of a notorious mafia clan. They lead up the Manzoni family, who is relocated to Normandy as part of a witness protection program. They bring along their high school aged son & daughter and things get awkward as their Brooklyn ways are integrated into the French surroundings.

Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfieffer have made some terrifically bad movies, like last Spring’s “Dark Shadows” and “The Big Wedding.” They are really in their element in “The Family” though. De Niro is SO in his element that his character even references one of his earlier Mafioso movies! These characters are horrible & sadistic but they’re played by such lovable actors, you don’t just forgive them. You actually cheer them on. (Yeah, hit him with the bat again!) “The Family” has some ridiculous moments and it makes Normandy look like Hollywood with a French accent but that didn’t dampen my fun for a second. I LOVED “The Family” and I’m giving it a B+.

New on DVD this week we have “Star Trek Into Darkness.” There are several things that the new Star Trek movies have going for them, like J.J. Abrams as Director and the chemisty between Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as Kirk and Spock. The movie gets swallowed up by overblown action sequences though. “Into Darkness” feels more like a stereotypical action flick than a “Star Trek” movie and that’s why I gave it a C+ when it came out. I really angered some Trekkies with that rating, too. In fact, I’m still getting the hate mail!

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