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You might not have heard of this small romantic comedy, a mixed language movie about a man who inherits a vineyard in France and meets a beguiling young woman along the way. Crowe, best known for high drama and action does well in a light comedic role but it's easily the stunning Marion Cotillard who is the most memorable, playing a café owner who has sworn off men. Not for long.
A sharp political thriller in the same vein as All The President's Men, State of Play sees Crowe as a time-tested, old-school journalist looking to uncover the link between a seemingly random murder and a congressman (Ben Affleck) mixed up in scandal. Working with him is a young colleague (Rachel McAdams), who runs the newspaper's news blog and together they learn much about what and who they are. McAdams is pitch-perfect in a role that seems like a test run for her part in Spotlight.
This gritty take on the famous legend stars Crowe as the titular hero with Ridley Scott directing. Exploring more of the backstory with a much larger scale, it's a rousing adventure with the alluring and independent Marion, played with grace by Cate Blanchett, having a much more significant role. While the movie is a bit overdone, Blanchett truly shines and give this famous character a lot more depth.