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    EXCLUSIVE First Look: Life In A Day's New Poster, Premieres July 24 with Live Q&A (UPDATED)

    Life In A Day, filmed by you, directed by Kevin Macdonald and produced by Ridley Scott, will be released by Cinedigm and National Geographic starting July 24 (exactly one year after all the footage was shot). Below is a first look at the doc's new poster. The film premiered simultaneously at Sundan...

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    Take Shelter Wins Cannes Critics Week Grand Prix: Shannon Perf "Stuff Bad Dreams Are Made Of "

    Austin filmmaker Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter has won the Grand Prix at Cannes' Critics' Week. The psychological drama/thriller stars Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. The film is the sophomore outing for Nichols, whose first feature, Shotgun Stories (2007), also starring Shannon, played the fest ...

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    Cannes Palme d'Or Contender The Kid with a Bike Reviews: "Unstinting Compassion, Movie Moralists"

    The Dardenne brothers do one thing very well--they're like the Ken Loach of Belgium. The trouble for critics more than audiences is that they do much the same thing each time--only better. This year's entry The Kid with a Bike is being tagged a top five contender for the Palme d'Or.

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    Cannes The Artist Reviews: "A Triumph of Artistic Teleportation, A Big Blast of Pure Delight"

    Weinstein Co. scooped up French production and last-minute competition entry The Artist before it screened at the fest, and since then it has become a popular title. The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday and I were turned away from one festival screening before I talked us both, as well as LA Weekly's ...

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    Cannes: Melancholia Raves Overshadowed by Von Trier Tempest; Scorsese's Five Obstructions

    You can count on Denmark's puckish auteur Lars von Trier to deliver the goods in Cannes, having shown 12 films here since 1984, from grand prix winner Breaking the Waves (which also starred Stellan Skarsgard) and The Idiots to Manderlay, Palme d'Or-winner Dancer in the Dark and The Antichrist, starr...

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    Cannes We Need to Talk About Kevin Reviews: Tough Pick-Up Hooked to Swinton Oscar Campaign

    While Cannes is thinning out after the first week--the crowds at The Grand are diminished---buyers expect to announce a raft of sales over the next few days. One of the films still being hotly debated--and tipped for a well-deserved best actress prize here for Tilda Swinton--is Lynne Ramsay's We Nee...

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    Cannes Tree of Life Update: Malick Shows Up For Big Night

    Terrence Malick did come to Cannes, even if he didn't show up for The Tree of Life press conference, having asked Brad Pitt to do his heavy lifting for him. Fox Searchlight did not beg the director to walk the red carpet for the photographers, as did Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (pictured), but Malick did enter the Palais right before the movie in order to hear the announcer boom the magic words: "L'auteur, Terrence Malick!"-- amid thundering standing applause. Per usual, the film played far better than at the press screening, which elicited an equal measure of clapping and boos. At the official screening, Malick won a sustained standing ovat...

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    The Tree of Life Reviews: "Visionary Cinema, Shockingly Banal, Mesmerizing, Surrender To It"

    I heard a woman leaving the screening of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life say, "I want to read the reviews on this." That's what critics are for--to help moviegoers understand a complex work like this one. Here is my coverage, a round-up of others is below.

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    Cannes Review: Tree of Life Lures Packed House, Oscar-Worthy Pitt Speaks for Missing Director Malick

    In all my years coming to Cannes, I've never seen the 8:30 AM Palais press screening fill up so fast. Guards were turning people away by 8 AM, who literally ran across the grass to queue for the back-up 9 AM screening at the Soixantieme. I decided not to wrestle my way in and took the path of least ...

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    Cannes: Sleeping Beauty Intros Director Leigh, Keeps Audience at Bay, Bought by Sundance Selects

    Walking on the Croisette, I ran into Jane Campion, who was in town to support Australian novelist-turned-director Julia Leigh. Campion said that her "challenging" film Sleeping Beauty would never have gotten made if she hadn't agreed, when approached by Screen Australia, to "mentor" the project. Cam...

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