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    Il Cinema Ritrovato: Alexander Payne Talks Influential Films, Cinephilia, Screenwriting and More

    There were at least 16 different programs, including retrospectives devoted to Allan Dwan, Vittorio de Sica, and Chris Marker; the nine newly-restored Hitchcock silents; newly-restored Chaplin shorts; and a film a day from 1938-9 under the rubric "War is Near." Early Japanese talkies from the 30s. C...

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    Cannes Review and Roundup: James Gray's 'The Immigrant' vs. 'Nebraska'

    A pair of films addressing very different aspects of the American experience, and set 92 years apart, have screened in Competition over the last couple of days: Alexander Payne’s "Nebraska" and James Gray’s "The Immigrant." Sad to say, I had expectations for both but didn’t engage with either, altho...

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    Cannes: Alexander Payne May Do His Sci-Fi Film Soon; Bruce Dern Calls Him One Of 6 Directing Geniuses

    This morning, Alexander Payne's black and white, father/son roadtrip film, "Nebraska," debuted in Cannes. Starring the unlikely trio of Bruce Dern, comedian Will Forte and Stacy Keach, “Nebraska” centers on a poor old man (Dern) living in Montana who repeatedly escapes from his house to try to go to...

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    Cannes Review Roundup: Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' a Wistful but Slight Father-Son Road Trip Film

    Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte as a father and son embarking on a roadtrip, screened today at Cannes. The response is thus far mixed to positive, with praise for the film's wistful tone and a "career-crowning" performance from Dern. Those less impressed site the fil...

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    The 2013 Cannes Review Report: 'Nebraska'

    Here's what critics are saying about the latest film from "Election" director Alexander Payne.

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    Cannes: Alexander Payne Explains Why He Shot 'Nebraska' in Black and White and Cast Will Forte as His Dramatic Lead

    With this year's edition of the Cannes Film Festival in its winding down phase (it concludes on Sunday), it's easy to forget there are still some heavy hitters left to screen in the Competition, one of which, Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," screened this morning for press before its gala later on.

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    Cannes Review: With 'Nebraska,' Has Alexander Payne Gone Soft?

    Alexander Payne's movies walk a fine line between cruel satire and emotional truth, but in "Nebraska," it's particularly hard to discern which is which. The black-and-white road trip dramedy might be his least essential work, but it's also notably distinct from the rest of it. The first project that...

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    Cannes Review: Alexander Payne’s ‘Nebraska’ An Overfamiliar Tale Of Connections Broken & Remade

    There’ve been great masses of critical laurels laid at Alexander Payne’s door over the years, some, in our eyes, more earned than others. When it really hits home, the director’s quiet humanism and wry humor can yield perceptive insights, especially into certain trademark areas of expertise: family ...

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    Watch: First Clip Arrives From Alexander Payne's Cannes Entry 'Nebraska'

    Many of those bringing films to the Croisette for the Cannes Film Festival, which let's not forget, kicks off tomorrow, are old hands there: Roman Polanski, James Gray, even Baz Luhrmann have all debuted at least one film there in the past. Alexander Payne isn't quite a first-time, but it's over a d...

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    Cannes Preview: Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska,' in Black-and-White (and Color?)

    The first official image from "Nebraska," Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" follow-up starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte. The film will compete for the Palme d'Or at Cannes later this month.

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