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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: 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: 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: 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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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: 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: 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: 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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CANNES 2012: Yousry Nasrallah's AFTER THE BATTLE

Governments are inherently evil. Commoners are redeemable imbeciles. Academics are clueless do-gooders. These cookie-cutter generalizations about character motivation and social institutions define Yousry Nasrallah’s "After the Battle."
  • By Glenn Heath Jr.
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  • May 16, 2012 5:39 PM
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