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The Connection

In this European flipside to The French Connection, writer-director Cédric Jimenez tells his own fictionalized version of the true-life police-corrruption-by-Mafia story that inspired William Friedkin's 1971 smash. Star Jean Dujardin (The Artist) is suave as a no-nonsense cop trying to bring down a major drug-smuggling ring. Gilles Lellouche is equally good as the business-like criminal kingpin he's battling against. It's a old-school, cops-and-criminals throwback—but it just can't match the intensity of The French Connection. 135 minutes R.