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    CANNES REVIEW | "The Kid With a Bike" at Once New and Too Familiar

    Something that, on the surface, looks startlingly new, slowly reveals itself to be something surprisingly familiar and not all that effective in the latest film from the Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Their Cannes competition film “The Kid With a Bike” is the arthous...

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    CANNES REVIEW | Markus Schleinzer's "Michael" Puts a Pedophile in Uneasy Focus

    Markus Schleinzer's "Michael" is a triumph of uneasy cinema: Not since Todd Solondz's "Happiness" has a movie portrayed pedophilia in such uncomfortable detail. With an unorthodox level of restraint, the Austrian director tells the story of a dull office drone who keeps a kidnapped young boy locked ...

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    CANNES REVIEW | "Poliss" is French Satire Meets "The Wire"

    Based on real-life cases of the Child Protection Unit, the French procedural "Poliss" tells several stories at once. The third feature directed by French actress Maïwenn Le Besco (credit here simply as Maïwenn), it explores the personal lives and daily grind of the Parisian CPU with an incredible am...

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    "Habemus Papam" Can't Make Its Hesitant Pope Story Connect

    Editor's Note: This review was originally published during the Cannes Film Festival. "Habemus Papam" opens in limited release on Friday.

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    movie review: HESHER

    Some indie films seem to exist as exercises in strangeness, just to see how far they can go—and how long audiences will watch before screaming and running up the aisles. I stuck with Hesher till the bitter end, but I’m not proud of that achievement and wouldn’t recommend that an...

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    movie review: Bridesmaids

    That sound you hear is me, heaving a sigh over yet another two-hour comedy that’s got about an hour of good material spread thin. Some smart, talented people collaborated on the film, including director Paul Feig (who’s also a good writer), producer Judd Apatow, and screenwrite...

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    movie review: Everything Must Go

    Will Ferrell’s brand of comedy doesn’t appeal to me, by and large. My favorites of his films are not the crowd-pleasers, but Stranger than Fiction, an offbeat comedy-drama, and Elf, a whimsical fable that required a sincere performance as much as comic knowhow.

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    CANNES REVIEW | "Restless" is a Good Actors' Showcase, But Nothing Special for Gus Van Sant

    A flimsy teenage romance with dashes of bittersweet inspiration, Gus Van Sant's "Restless" is little more than a whimsical exercise. Neither unwatchable nor particularly memorable, it mainly succeeds as a showcase for Van Sant's younger collaborators. The director's first feature since 2008's "Milk"...

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    CANNES REVIEW | "We Need to Talk About Kevin" Puts a Brilliant Spotlight on the Problem Child

    "Ratcatcher," Lynne Ramsay's affecting 1999 directorial debut, focused on the tribulations of a lonely child surrounded by bad examples. "We Need to Talk About Kevin," Ramsay's long-awaited third feature, deals with a similar character from the perspective of a concerned parent. Adapted from Lionel ...

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    CANNES REVIEW | "Sleeping Beauty" Puts Emily Browning in a Sexually Unnerving Position

    In an early scene of Julia Leigh's "Sleeping Beauty," the proprietor of a high-end prostitution operation orders Lucy (Emily Browning) to strip down to her underpants, at which point the mistress and her assistant aggressively fondle nearly every inch of the young college student's body. Their hands...

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