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"Night Moves"
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Reichardt has repeatedly delivered some of the most thoughtful American independent films in recent years, starting with the career-rejuvenating "Old Joy," which followed with "Wendy and Lucy" and "Meek's Cutoff." Each movie starts with rather basic scenarios -- a weekend getaway, a missing dog, a minimalist western -- and develops them into profound explorations of personal yearning. While Reichardt has repeatedly worked with Michelle Williams, the trio of big names associated with this particular project certainly attest to her current clout, while the premise  about a trio of environmentalists planning to blow up a bomb sounds exactly like the simple plots that Reichardt always manages to infuse with new life. Additionally, her films tend to be attuned to the relationship between man and nature, so the theme is a familiar one for fans of oeuvre. [Eric Kohn]

"Only God Forgives"
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
After “Drive”’s Cannes Best Director win and Palme d’Or nomination in 2011 there’s no doubt that “Only God Forgives,” the upcoming crime thriller from Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling, should be at this year’s festival. This time around Gosling plays a gangster who runs a Thai boxing club in Bangkok on a mission to find his brother’s murder, as per his mother’s request, played by Kristin Scott Thomas. The film is rumored to be even more violent than the blood-squirting, razor-slicing “Drive,” and from the looks of the teaser trailer and knowing Refn’s knack for brutal violence, “Only God Forgives” will definitely surpass expectations. [Erin Whitney]

"Only Lovers Left Alive"
"Only Lovers Left Alive"
"Only Lovers Left Alive"
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Vampires and Cannes may not seem like the most compatible duo, especially with the seemingly endless blood-sucker craze in recent years. Yet when you throw Jim Jarmusch, Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and John Hurt into the mix the trite horror sub-genre feels refreshingly revamped. Jarmusch has managed to keep “Only Lovers are Left” under wraps--or should we say out of the sunlight--describing it as a vampire romance that follows Tom Hiddleston’s Adam, a depressed underground musician. Adam finds bliss in reuniting with his centuries-old lover Eve (Swinton), but the newfound happiness fades when her unruly sister (Mia Wasikowska) intervenes. The curiosity amounts as we anxiously await Swinton’s bloody vampire fangs to grace the Cannes screens. [Erin Whitney]

"Panda Eyes"
Director: Isabel Coixet
Isabel Coixet’s “Map of the Sounds of Tokyo” was nominated for the Palme d’Or in 2009, but didn’t garner much attention thereafter. The Spanish director, also known for 2008’s “Elegy” and 2005’s “The Secret Life of Words,” may just get her Cannes chance again with her latest film “Panda Eyes.” The thriller, which Coixet has said was inspired by “The Ring” and is based on Cathy MacPhail’s novel “Another Me,” stars Sophie Turner, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Claire Forlani, Rhys Ifans, and Geraldine Chaplin. [Erin Whitney]