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CANNES 2012: Jeff Nichols' MUD

Some film critics have described Jeff Nichols’s "Mud" as the perfect way to end Cannes 2012, a fun and accessible slice of cinematic Americana. But considering the film’s hammy sentimentality and bogus emotional connections, I can’t think of a more disappointing send off.
  • By Glenn Heath Jr.
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  • May 26, 2012 3:33 PM
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CANNES 2012: David Cronenberg's COSMOPOLIS

For a Cronenberg film, "Cosmopolis" is light on violence and body horror, but the director’s obsession with evolving ideas and tainted perspectives remains on full display.
  • By Glenn Heath Jr.
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  • May 25, 2012 5:01 PM
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CANNES 2012: Koji Wakamatsu’s 11/25: THE DAY HE CHOSE HIS OWN FATE

Legacy is the thing in "11/25: The Day He Chose His Own Fate," Japanese guerilla filmmaker Koji Wakamatsu’s remarkable drama about the death of militant poet/novelist Yukio Mishima.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 25, 2012 4:37 PM
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CANNES 2012: Carlos Reygadas' POST TENEBRAS LUX

Narrative is the devil in Carlos Reygadas’s baffling and intoxicating "Post tenebras lux."
  • By Glenn Heath Jr.
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  • May 24, 2012 12:31 PM
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CANNES 2012: Lee Daniels' THE PAPERBOY

The best that can be said of Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" is that it’s sometimes intentionally awful. More often than not, however, it’s just awful.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 24, 2012 9:53 AM
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CANNES 2012: Walter Salles' ON THE ROAD

Walter Salles and Jose Rivera love the characters and world of "On the Road" too much to know how to properly represent them.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 23, 2012 1:56 PM
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CANNES 2012: Leos Carax's HOLY MOTORS

Where does one begin with Leos Carax’s insane "Holy Motors"? Maybe its incredible central performance(s) by Denis Lavant, who literally transforms into a different character in nearly every other scene, each one stranger than the next? Or perhaps its stark raving mad narrative that bends so far into the absurd, it threatens to break apart?
  • By Glenn Heath Jr.
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  • May 23, 2012 11:38 AM
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CANNES 2012: Andrew Dominik's KILLING THEM SOFTLY

It’s a testament to Australian director Andrew Dominik’s considerable story-telling abilities that a movie as nakedly cynical and aggressively repellent in its philosophy as "Killing Them Softly" is as satisfying as it is.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 22, 2012 6:56 PM
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CANNES 2012: Abbas Kiarostami's LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE

Denial and delusion ripple the pristine visual surface of "Like Someone in Love," Abbas Kiarostami’s masterful critique of social and emotional formality, set in Japan.
  • By Glenn Heath Jr.
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  • May 22, 2012 11:13 AM
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CANNES 2012: Hong Sang-soo's IN ANOTHER COUNTRY

The screenwriting process produces a kind of sandbox cinema in Hong Sang-soo’s "In Another Country," the Korean director’s latest jazz riff on human interconnection. The film’s beach side location may be consistent with earlier films, but its unique characterizations traverse freely outside the logic of conventional storytelling.
  • By Glenn Heath Jr.
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  • May 21, 2012 11:48 PM
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