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Cannes: The Lobster Forces Colin Farrell to Find Love Cannes: The Lobster Forces Colin Farrell to Find Love
, May 20, 2015
CANNES, France — The days go by so quickly here, and are packed so tightly with movies, that by the time you start rounding the final... More>>
Cannes: In Praise of the The Assassin's Slow, Quiet Combat Cannes: In Praise of the The Assassin's Slow, Quiet Combat
, May 20, 2015
CANNES, France — The great thing about film festivals is that they constitute a plate full of choices. The bad thing is that it's all too... More>>
Poltergeist, 2015: This House is Meh Poltergeist, 2015: This House is Meh
, May 20, 2015
Poltergeist 2015 is to Poltergeist '82 what today's shipped-frozen-to-the-store Pizza Hut dough is to the kneaded-on-site pies the chain's stoned... More>>
Studio Ghibli's Marnie Is a Joyous-Glum Outsider Drama Studio Ghibli's Marnie Is a Joyous-Glum Outsider Drama
, May 20, 2015
"I hate myself." That's an unusual statement coming from the hero of an animated film, let alone in the first two minutes. But twelve-year-old... More>>
Sprightly Gueros Follows the Kids Too Bored to Change the World Sprightly Gueros Follows the Kids Too Bored to Change the World
, May 20, 2015
There's no reverie Alonso Ruizpalacios's Güeros can't shatter, no presumed truth it can't complicate, no expectation of closure it won't... More>>
In Love at First Fight, Adele Haenel Burns Through Our Screens In Love at First Fight, Adele Haenel Burns Through Our Screens
, May 20, 2015
Antagonism, aggression, and the apocalypse prove to be the most potent stimulants in Thomas Cailley's winning first feature, Love at First Fight.... More>>
Don't Hate Tomorrowland for Asking Us to Be Better Don't Hate Tomorrowland for Asking Us to Be Better
The blockbuster that cared.
, May 20, 2015
In a junk-food summer, Brad Bird's Tomorrowland is a defiant carrot stick, a blockbuster adventure flick where the message is "Think smart." It's... More>>
BASE-Jumping Doc Sunshine Superman Plunges You From Cliffs and Skyscrapers BASE-Jumping Doc Sunshine Superman Plunges You From Cliffs and Skyscrapers
, May 20, 2015
At the start of documentary character study Sunshine Superman, TV producer John Long describes a typical conversation with friend Carl Boenish, a... More>>
Jennifer Connelly Gets Sad in Arctic Drama Aloft Jennifer Connelly Gets Sad in Arctic Drama Aloft
, May 20, 2015
Claudia Llosa's first feature since the Oscar-nominated Milk of Sorrow, Aloft is as remote as its Arctic setting. Jennifer Connelly is in... More>>
Powerful Doc Something Better to Come Tracks Life in a Moscow Dump Powerful Doc Something Better to Come Tracks Life in a Moscow Dump
, May 20, 2015
Less than fifteen miles from Moscow's Red Square is the "Svalka," the largest garbage dump in Europe. It's run by the Russian military and... More>>
The Third Human Centipede Races to the Bottom With Abandon The Third Human Centipede Races to the Bottom With Abandon
, May 20, 2015
A descent into a dank, rank hole of meta depravity (and doo-doo), The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) follows in its 2011 predecessor's... More>>
(Dis)Honesty Reminds Us That Our Pants Are Still on Fire (Dis)Honesty Reminds Us That Our Pants Are Still on Fire
, May 20, 2015
We humans like to believe certain things about ourselves: that we are good and honest people, for one. Sure, we might innocently add a few inches... More>>
Israeli Drama The Farewell Party Looks Empathetically at a Very Hard Choice Israeli Drama The Farewell Party Looks Empathetically at a Very Hard Choice
, May 20, 2015
Following a few residents of a retirement community in Jerusalem, the Israeli film The Farewell Party makes drama out of right-to-die politics... More>>
Crop-Diversity Doc Seeds of Time Might Save the World Crop-Diversity Doc Seeds of Time Might Save the World
, May 20, 2015
Scored with urgent, wordless sound, Sandy McLeod's documentary Seeds of Time follows conservationist Cary Fowler across the globe as he tries to... More>>
Bessie Explores the Loneliness of Being the Most Powerful Black Woman of an Era Bessie Explores the Loneliness of Being the Most Powerful Black Woman of an Era
, May 13, 2015
Blues legend Bessie Smith was arguably America's most powerful black woman during her heyday in the Twenties and Thirties. Her reign wasn't just... More>>
Cannes 2015: Salma Hayek Eats Hearts, and Mad Max Isn't Mad Enough Cannes 2015: Salma Hayek Eats Hearts, and Mad Max Isn't Mad Enough
, May 13, 2015
CANNES, France — “Je m’appelle Max.” Now that’s an opening line, so much better in French, and it’s just one... More>>
Dark Star Director Belinda Sallin on H.R. Giger's Last Days Dark Star Director Belinda Sallin on H.R. Giger's Last Days
, May 13, 2015
While H.R. Giger claimed not always to have known what inspired him, the seminal Swiss surrealist's vivid "biomechanical" paintings and... More>>
Amy, the Amy Winehouse Doc, Is a Rush of Joy and Grief Amy, the Amy Winehouse Doc, Is a Rush of Joy and Grief
, May 13, 2015
CANNES, France — The death of Amy Winehouse, in July 2011, at age 27, was the first great tragedy of 21st-century pop music, an event... More>>
Cannes: Todd Haynes's Carol Is a Marvel on a Pedestal Cannes: Todd Haynes's Carol Is a Marvel on a Pedestal
, May 13, 2015
CANNES, France — Saturday evening, as I sat in a rapidly filling theater — the Debussy, where many of the larger press screenings are... More>>
Cannes: Joachim Trier's Louder Than Bombs Is Grand, but Heelgate Is Not Cannes: Joachim Trier's Louder Than Bombs Is Grand, but Heelgate Is Not
, May 13, 2015
CANNES, France — On Tuesday, Cannes was buzzing about a report in the trade publication Screen that several women were turned away from... More>>
Cannes: Joe's Cemetery of Splendor Is Starting to Haunt Me Cannes: Joe's Cemetery of Splendor Is Starting to Haunt Me
, May 13, 2015
CANNES, France — When it was announced earlier this spring that Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul — who commonly goes by the... More>>
The Connection's Glorious Technique Can't Disguise Its Familiarity The Connection's Glorious Technique Can't Disguise Its Familiarity
, May 13, 2015
A movie about bringing down druglords that's actually mostly about movies, Cédric Jimenez's The Connection is stretched over driven-cop... More>>
Drone Drama Good Kill Examines the Way We Kill Now Drone Drama Good Kill Examines the Way We Kill Now
, May 13, 2015
Fictional movies that tackle topical subjects often have about them the fusty air of a civics lesson, as if we’re supposed to watch... More>>
Pitch Perfect 2 Strains to Hit the Same Notes Pitch Perfect 2 Strains to Hit the Same Notes
, May 13, 2015
Some people complain about sequels to beloved movies, while others welcome the possibility that a part deux might be even better than the first.... More>>
Septuagenarian Romance I'll See You in My Dreams Is Itself a Catch Septuagenarian Romance I'll See You in My Dreams Is Itself a Catch
There's life in movies yet.
, May 13, 2015
As a middle-aged woman, I rarely have a conversation with other middle-aged women in which the subject of movies "for us" fails to come up. As a... More>>
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