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The Extraordinary Adventures Adele Blanc-Sec 

Directed by Luc Besson (Seville)

Besson is best known for producing movies like The Transporter these days, though the guy did direct La Femme Nikita and The Fifth Element. His knack for slick and stylish fantasy entertainment hasn’t deserted him in this adaptation of the Jacques Tardi comic, set in 1911, about a globe-trotting writer-reporter Blanc-Sec (Louise Bourgoin) looking to revive her comatose sister by reanimating mummy physicians. Or something. A pterodactyl plays an important role, too. It’s all more unlikely and outrageous than the most recent Indiana Jones movie, but pulled off with such verve and eye-thrilling joy that even when it loses steam in the end it’s still a whole bunch of good times. And very kid-friendly, but for the brief nudity. (Gotta love French cinema.)

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