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June 24, 2014

CALLERI: Movies on a plane, and Clint Eastwood's "Jersey Boys."

Niagara Gazette — GRENOBLE, France — Trans-Atlantic plane rides can be tedious. Few things gladden a reviewer's heart more than when the movie choices available on a long flight prove to be surprising, and even outstanding.

I was flying to France to celebrate the wedding of my friends Gautier Coiffard and Aurore Duiguo.

Gautier's photograph of the Rolling Stones ran with my article here in the Gazette about their concert in Toronto in May 2013. We had attended that terrific show.

Like most French people, he and Aurore are passionate about movies. That passion also pervades every corner of France. Most cities have their own repertory cinematheque. In first-run theaters, films are shown in their original language with French subtitles, even popular Hollywood comic book adventures. Teenagers flock to these pictures. Imagine trying to get American teens to sit through a subtitled version of "X-Men: Days Of Future Past."

This love of cinema by the French transfers to its national air carrier, Air France. I flew from Toronto to Paris and would go on to Marseille. The wedding was held in nearby Provence, and I am now in the wonderful city of Grenoble in the French Alps.

On the plane, I was delighted when I saw Air France's more than 150 in-flight movie options. On an American carrier you get a few selections of badly edited (for content) features and some television situation-comedies you never watched in the first place.

The choices on the Air France flight included "The LEGO Movie," Kevin Costner's "3 Days To Kill," the new version of "Endless Love," "Frozen," and a lot of recent releases, all of which I had seen. There were myriad new French films, but they were without English subtitles. There was a new live-action Franco-German production of "Beauty And The Beast," and a section called World Cinema showcased mainly martial-arts movies.

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