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    Cannes Review: It's Ad Men vs. Bad Men in Pablo Larrain's Exciting, Funny, Moving 'No' Starring Gael Garcia Bernal

    Playing as part of the Director's Fortnight, Pablo Larraín's "No" is exactly the kind of film you hope to stumble across at Cannes -- a film that hadn't been on your radar until buzz from too many quarters too diverse to be ignored made you seek it out, discovering a fil...

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    Cannes Review: Faith & Love Collide In Cristian Mungiu's Powerful 'Beyond The Hills'

    Can blind, unquestioning devout faith be just as corrupting as sin? Can love be as all consuming as evil? These are the big, broad themes being explored in Cristian Mungiu's deliberate and somewhat cryptic "Beyond The Hills," a very slow burn drama that finds both religious and emotion...

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    Cannes Review: Xavier Dolan's Messy 'Laurence Anyways' Is Both Ambitious & Admirable

    "The sky's the limit," Fred (Suzanne Clement) says when she's asked about what people will say when her boyfriend Laurence (Melvin Poupad) decides to become a woman. It's 1989 and she believes that her generation is ready to handle transsexuality -- and perhaps they are -- but ...

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    Review: 'Natural Selection' Surprises and Charms in More Ways Than One On Its Odd Couple Road Trip Journey

    "Natural Selection" swept the jury awards at SXSW 2011, and has been generally hailed especially for Rachael Harris' performance, a dramatic turn from a well-established comedienne. The feature debut from writer/director Robbie Pickering, the film stars Harris as mousey Texas housewife Lindy who has...

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    Cannes Review: Matteo Garrone's Lightweight & Lifeless 'Reality' Is A Disappointment

    The relationship between audiences and reality television has shifted to some degree over the past decade (or longer). Where early shows were once positioned as voyeuristic/documentary style looks at Real People, it quickly became clear to those in front of the camera, behind it and at home watching...

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    Cannes Review: Over The Top 'Broken' Starring Tim Roth & Cillian Murphy Can't Get It Together

    There is a difference between a kitchen sink drama and a drama that includes everything but the kitchen sink, and unfortunately for "Broken," it's more of the latter than the former. Marking the feature debut by theater director Rufus Norris and with Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear among t...

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    CANNES REVIEW: Matteo Garrone's 'Reality' is a Horrific Spin on 'Big Brother' Obsessions

    "Reality" makes the case that society renders everyone impossibly small. The first and last shots of Matteo Garrone's drama take place from extreme heights that make their focal point blend with their surroundings. Everything in frame takes on the dimensions of a dollhouse, as if the I...

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    Battleship—movie review

    Finally, Hollywood has produced a movie for people who found the 'Transformers' series too intellectually challenging. This shouldn’t come as a complete surprise, since 'Battleship' is not based on a novel, or a magazine article, but a board game.

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    What To Expect When You’re Expecting—movie review

    I’m as susceptible as anyone to watching highly attractive people onscreen, which this movie has in abundance, but it took time for 'What to Expect When You’re Expecting' to win me over. I found some of its multiple storylines annoying and hopelessly contrived, at first; it’s only toward the end, wh...

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    Hysteria—movie review

    Understandably, this R-rated comedy is being promoted as the story of how the vibrator came to be invented. That’s not untrue, but what makes 'Hysteria' so entertaining is the larger picture it paints of repressed Victorian society. That it does so in the form of a farcical comedy makes it all the m...

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