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CANNES 2012: Brandon Cronenberg's ANTIVIRAL

"Antiviral," Brandon Cronenberg’s directorial debut, proves the apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree. Like his father David Cronenberg’s early features, "Antiviral" is more of a collection of inspired, perverse ideas than a cogent piece de provocation.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 21, 2012 1:31 PM
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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.
  • By Glenn Heath Jr.
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  • May 20, 2012 3:48 PM
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Welcome to the Cannes Film Festival 2012!

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!
  • By Glenn Heath Jr. & Simon Abrams
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  • May 20, 2012 2:08 PM
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CANNES 2012: Michael Haneke's AMOUR (Simon Abrams' Take)

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 with loss does not, however, begin with a catalyst as mundane as physical illness. Instead, it starts and ends with a debilitating kind of depression that’s facilitated by solitude. For Haneke, grief is just as frightening as death because it’s also a draining progression that we necessarily go through alone.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 20, 2012 11:34 AM
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CANNES 2012: John Hillcoat's LAWLESS

This is the American outback in all its bloody glory.
  • By Glenn Heath Jr.
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  • May 19, 2012 1:58 PM
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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.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 19, 2012 10:43 AM
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CANNES 2012: Matteo Garrone's REALITY

The classic fairy tale is an artificial creation in Matteo Garrone’s "Reality," something wedding planners and television producers manipulate to create the best possible pomp and circumstance product for their Pavlovian audiences.
  • By Glenn Heath Jr.
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  • May 18, 2012 7:37 PM
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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.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 18, 2012 10:20 AM
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CANNES 2012: Apichatpong Weerasethakul's MEKONG HOTEL

"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.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 17, 2012 12:08 PM
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CANNES 2012: Jacques Audiard's RUST AND BONE

Jacques Audiard only knows how to pummel us. The French director of "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" and "A Prophet" wouldn’t know a subtle musical cue or composition if it were staring him in the face.
  • By Glenn Heath Jr.
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  • May 17, 2012 9:37 AM
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