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'Focus' filmmakers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa go for the unexpected
'Focus' filmmakers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa go for the unexpected

Movies don't have to be an either/or proposition. They can be both smart and fun, a pleasure without guilt and self-aware without being snobby. The writing and directing team of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa specialize in something all too rare in contemporary Hollywood, movies that are entertaining but not dumb. Think of their movies as artisanal popcorn. Their latest is "Focus," a sleek, globe-hopping con-artist caper with a healthy dose of sex and romance and more than just a dash of existential self-reflection from a charming character played by charming superstar Will Smith. "It's just where we come from. We're both fans of more intelligent...

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