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    Cannes Review: Chris O'Dowd Shines In The Otherwise Uneven 'The Sapphires'

    Among the The Weinstein Company's pre-Cannes Film Festival buys this year was the largely unknown (until it was bought) Aussie musical/drama/comedy effort "The Sapphires." It's certainly easy to see why this easy-to-digest, feel-good movie earned their attention. With a slate ...

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    Cannes Review: 'Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir' A Fascinating Look At The Director As Told By The Man Himself

    Who is Roman Polanski? That's the question at the center of "Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir," a deeply fascinating look at the life and (sort of) career of the controversial filmmaker as told by the man himself. But this isn't a hagiography -- the documentary doesn't shy away from the more tabloid-wo...

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    CANNES REVIEW: A Restrained Michael Haneke Delivers With Gripping Death Drama 'Amour'

    Few directors focus on dark, existentially dreadful scenarios with the consistency of the great Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke. Less consistent in terms of style than theme, in movies like "Funny Games," "Caché" and the Palme d'Or-winning "The White Ribbon,&quo...

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    Cannes Review: Age & Illness Test Love In Michael Haneke's Unflinching 'Amour'

    Michael Haneke makes it clear from the opening of the film exactly where he's going in "Amour." Kicking off with a literal bang, a team of police officers force open the door of a flat in France, and with masks over their mouths, they walk around the apartment, open the windows and fin...

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    The Good and the Bad of Cristian Mungiu's Post-Palme Drama 'Beyond the Hills'

    Romanian director Cristian Mungiu seemingly came out of nowhere in 2007 to snatch the Palme d'Or for his last feature, the tightly constructed abortion drama "4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days," a distinctly powerful work. With so much pressure on the filmmaker from this early stage, Mungiu faced an imp...

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    Review: 'Antiviral,' Directing Debut of David Cronenberg Son Brandon, Pays Flimsy Homage to Dad's Work

    Editor's note: A version of this review originally ran during the Cannes Film Festival. "Antiviral" opens this week.

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    Cannes Review: Brandon Does David Proud, 'Antiviral' A Classic Cronenberg Freak Fest

    There is no doubt that no matter what Brandon Cronenberg decided to make as his first movie, the shadow of his father would loom large. So whether it just runs in the family, or if it was a calculated decision to do something audiences would expect from the Cronenberg mantle, full credit to Brandon ...

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    John Hillcoat's Lame 'Lawless' Makes a Case For a Moratorium on Westerns

    John Hillcoat's grimy 2005 Aussie western "The Proposition" marked the rare case of the genre done justice in modern times. His decision to direct "Lawless," an adaptation of Matt Bondurant's Prohibition-set novel "The Wettest County in the World," should provid...

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    Cannes Review: The Bondurant Boys Deal Moonshine & Violence In John Hillcoat's Lively 'Lawless'

    "It's not violence that sets men apart, it's the distance they're willing to go," Forrest Bonduarant (Tom Hardy) tells his youngest brother Jack (Shia LaBeouf) in "Lawless." And with a set of brass knuckles in his pocket and a pistol in his waistband, he knows what he's talking about. That theme is ...

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    CANNES REVIEW: Pablo Larrain Expands His Obsession With the Pinochet Era In Brilliant Gael Garcia Bernal Vehicle 'No'

    With his last two features, "Tony Manero" and "Post Mortem," Chilean director Pablo Larraín quickly established himself as the preeminent chronicler of his country's lingering demons from its years of oppression under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. For his third...

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