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    CANNES 2012: Michael Haneke's AMOUR (Glenn Heath Jr.'s Take)

    Michael Haneke’s "Amour" dares to address the possibility that nightmares and hopeful dreams can co-exist in the same closed-off cinematic space.

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    Welcome to the Cannes Film Festival!

    Editor's Note: Press Play has two critics covering the Cannes Film Festival this year. Simon Abrams and Glenn Heath Jr. are tag-teaming their way through the most anticipated collection of screenings in the film industry. This is your ticket to Cannes. Enjoy!

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    CANNES 2012: Michael Haneke's AMOUR

    Indifference kills quietly in Amour, the new psychodrama from Austrian provocateur Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon, Cache). In this devastating character study about the hell that is caring for an ailing loved one, writer and director Haneke explores grief as a slow, gnawing process. Coping wi...

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    CANNES 2012: ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (RESTORED)

    If nothing else, the new 4K restoration of the late "Once Upon a Time in America" proves the necessity of film preservation. This essential new cut of Sergio Leone’s last film was re-assembled from newly rediscovered footage long thought lost.

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    CANNES 2012: Michel Gondry's THE WE AND THE I

    Gondry's latest movie buzzes with hormones and posturing and All That Angst.

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    CANNES 2012

    "Mekong Hotel" is another quiet but deeply impressive drama set in Weerasethakul-Land, where time and narrative logic as we know them don't apply.

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    CANNES 2012: Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM

    "Moonrise Kingdom" is a great success, both within the context of Wes Anderson's body of work and as a work unto itself. Initially, however, its Wes- Anderson-y-ness is almost off-putting.

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    SIMON SAYS: An Interview with Bobcat Goldthwait

    When you talk to Bobcat Goldthwait, the American stand-up comic turned "Police Academy" sideshow attraction and now filmmaker, you see that his demeanor is very similar to the even-handed tone of his films. During our talk, Goldthwait casually referenced Preston Sturges and "Falling Down" as he addr...

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    SIMON SAYS: On The Avengers, Joss Whedon, Dan O'Bannon, and Zapped Toads

    In the beginning of "The Avengers," when Hawkeye says, “Oh, I see better from a distance,” I feared the worst and I thought of Joss Whedon, Dan O’Bannon, "Lifeforce," and "X-Men." I thought, “Oh god, that poor toad in the X-Men movie got hit by lightning and a bad line of dialogue all over again.”

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    The Androgyny of Artists: An Interview with Mary Harron

    Is woman the future of man?

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