Not lost in translation: The real reason why Hollywood insists on remaking foreign-language films? Answer: $$$

Hollywood is doing it again – and again. So far in this still-young year, there have been no fewer than five films in theaters that are English-language versions of foreign movies. Opening this Friday is “Gloria Bell,” a shot-by-shot remake of the 2014 Chilean film “Gloria, ” about a divorced middle-aged woman desperate for some romance in her routine life. The Spanish-language import starred Paulina Garcia, a popular actress in her homeland. This one has Julianne Moore, hiding behind those over-sized spectacles. While the cast is more recognizable, this is a rare Hollywood translation that benefits from having the same director, Sebastian Lelio (“A Fantastic Women”), handling matters behind the camera.

Consider that it has a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score at the moment — one percentage point higher than the original.

Then there is “The Upside,” a remake of the 2011 French film “The Intouchables,” is about a paralyzed white billionaire (Bryan Cranston) who hires a
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