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    Review: Kelly Reichardt's Eco Suspense Thriller 'Night Moves'

    Three radical environmentalists blow up a hydro-electric dam in Oregon, and then face the consequences of their extreme actions in Kelly Reichardt's meditative, observational suspense-drama. Already beloved by many for her minimalist chronicles of American malaise "Wendy and Lucy" and "Meek's Cutoff...

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    Cannes: 'Foxcatcher' Tells Riveting Murder Tale, as Award Season Beckons (POSTER)

    Expectations were running high at festival midpoint at Cannes for Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," which did not disappoint the international critics Monday morning, who gave the film a healthy round of applause. With "Capote" and "Moneyball" behind him, Cannes anointed the director with a first-time ...

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    Cannes Review: Nuri Bilge Ceylon's Palme d'Or-Winner 'Winter Sleep'

    Simply put, Nuri Bilge Ceylan is a badass. His new 3.25-hour film “Winter Sleep” doesn’t unfold so much as unspool, and despite presenting a few challenges to jet-lagged journalists, it manages not only to sustain interest but to mesmerize.

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    Cannes: Palme d'Or Contender 'Leviathan' Gets Gargantuan Reaction from Critics

    Critics are going crazy for Russian helmer Andrey Zvyagintsev's latest, "Leviathan," which played in competition at Cannes and now looks to be a serious contender for the prized Palme d'Or. Zvyagintsev knocked it out of the park with 2011's meditation on one family's legacy of crime, "Elena," and th...

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    Cannes: 'Clouds of Sils Maria,' Starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, Impresses Critics as Fest Nears Finale

    Olivier Assayas' "Clouds of Sils Maria" was one of the final competition titles to bow at Cannes 2014, and it seems the festivals programmers were saving a goodie -- if not the best -- for last. Reviews are upbeat if not through-the-roof.

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    Cannes: Critics Divided on Zhang Yimou's Latest 'Coming Home' -- Timeless or Plodding?

    At 64 years old, Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou is back at Cannes with out-of-competition title "Coming Home," starring his iconic muse Gong Li, and following an unhappy homecoming that acts as metaphor for the country's coming-to-terms with the cultural revolution. Some critics are digging it while oth...

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    Cannes: Marion Cotillard Delivers for the Dardennes in 'Two Days, One Night'

    Marion Cotillard delivers a razor's edge performance in the Dardennes brothers Cannes competition feature "Two Days, One Night." She's in the running for the Best Actress prize.

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    A24 Buys Egoyan's Cannes Competition Kidnap Thriller 'The Captive,' Before Vitriolic Press Reaction

    A24 Nabs Canadian writer-director Atom Egoyan's 'The Captive' starring Ryan Reynolds. Cannes reaction is mixed--review and press conference quotes.

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    Jon Favreau's 'Chef,' Hitting Theaters This Weekend, Is Scruffy Indie Crowdpleaser

    Jon Favreau took a break from tentpole movies to direct a scruffy family comedy that wears its insecurities on its sleeve. "I shoot food like Michael Bay shoots babes in bikinis," he told me at the rooftop after-party at this past SXSW.

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    COLCOA Review: Isabelle Huppert Is All Strength in 'Abuse of Weakness'

    The title of the film may be “Abuse of Weakness,” but Isabelle Huppert’s performance as a filmmaker who suffers a stroke and then gets willingly conned by an ex-con is nothing but strong and steely-nerved. Which, of course, is to be expected from one of film’s best living actresses.

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