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Cannes Review: 'Therese Desqueyroux' Starring Audrey Tautou Is A Banal Version Of 'Masterpiece Theater'

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 26, 2012 3:45 PM
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"Therese Desqueyroux," the closing night selection for this year's main competition lineup at the Cannes Film Festival, is not the nuanced period drama it should be but rather a banal, pseudo-thoughtful and monotonous episode of "Masterpiece Theater." Co-adapted by director Claude Miller ("A Secret," "Class Trip"), the latest adaptation of Francois Mauriac's acclaimed novel reduces the titular heroine's story to a troubled individual's struggle to remain autonomous as a member of her oppressive husband’s family. The phrase, "For the family" is bludgeoned into viewers' heads to the point where it's very easy to ignore the fact that Therese (Audrey Tautou) is more than just a proto-desperate housewife. In fact, she's a fatalist because she's also an atheist, a complex concept that Miller sets up but doesn't follow through on.

'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' & 'In The Fog' Win FIPRESCI Prizes At Cannes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2012 3:23 PM
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More prizes are being handed out this evening in Cannes as the festival winds down for another year. With Tim Roth and his jury handing out the plaudits for Un Certain Regard, FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics, have handed out their honors for the fest.

'Django Unchained' Trailer Reportedly To Screen In Front Of 'Prometheus,' Plus A Rumored New Co-Star Name Surfaces

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 26, 2012 2:57 PM
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What does 20th Century Fox and The Weinstein Company have to do with one another? Good question. Maybe some kind of deal was struck? That's the preamble to the latest rumor: a trailer for Quentin Tarantino's slavery revenge drama, "Django Unchained" -- which is set in the South two years before the Civil War -- will screen in front of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" which lands in theaters on June 8th.

'Después de Lucía' Takes Top Prize In Un Certain Regard At Cannes; 'Laurence Anyways,' 'Djeca' & More Also Earn Honors

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2012 2:32 PM
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The Nice airport is getting a bit less busy, and the cafés and hotels on the Croisette are quieter as the Cannes Film Festival wraps up today. Awards are starting to be handed out and first up are the prizes for the festival's Un Certain Regard category, which tends to feature newer, lesser-known directors and slightly edgier fare than the main competition lineup.

Cannes Review: Sprawling 'Hemingway & Gellhorn' Worthy Of The Rough & Tumble Life Of Two Great Writers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2012 1:50 PM
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Ernest Hemingway is the kind of grandiose figure that it seems it would be difficult to contain within the framework of a feature film, and the decision to pair his life with that of his ex-wife Martha Gellhorn only adds to the task at hand. But with the leisure of a two-and-a-half hour running time, a starry ensemble, the guiding hands of director Philip Kaufman ("The Right Stuff," "The Unbearable Lightness Of Being") and the support of HBO, "Hemingway & Gellhorn" is a messy, but still worthwhile film about the two writers that does a strong job of bringing their complex, explosive and committed relationship to the big screen.

Walter Salles Working On Two New Screenplays, 'Terra' With Gael García Bernal & One With His 'Central Station' Star

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 26, 2012 1:31 PM
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Brazilian director Walter Salles' path to adapting Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" has been a long and winding one that's taken about seven years to come to fruition. And while reviews out of Cannes about his new picture starring Garett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart and more have been decidely mixed (read our review here), the film will finally arrive on U.S. shores in the late fall.

Cannes Review: 'Mud' Starring Matthew McConaughey Is An Underwhelming Anti-Fairy Tale

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 26, 2012 8:28 AM
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"Mud," American writer/director Jeff Nichols' underwhelming follow-up to the masterfully visceral "Take Shelter," is a shallow and contrived coming of age story. While both 'Shelter' and "Shotgun Stories," Nichols' promising debut feature, explore their respective characters' motives and emotions, "Mud" instead offers pat sentiments and bland bathos.

Emily Browning To Star In Catherine Hardwicke's Thriller 'Plush'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2012 5:38 PM
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We're sure Catherine Hardwicke and Evan Rachel Wood are still pals, but sometimes scheduling or a variety of other reasons keep two people from working together. Earlier this year it looked like the "Thirteen" star and director were going to reunite on "Plush," but alas, things don't seem to have worked out. But another capable star is looking to come off the bench and sub in.

Malin Akerman To Play Blondie Singer Debbie Harry In 'CBGB'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2012 5:12 PM
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It seems Malin Akerman is impressing all the right people with her pipes. The actress will be showing the world her take on Foreigner's "I Want To Know What Love Is" in the upcoming "Rock Of Ages," and she's graduating from that '80s neon-colored musical to something a bit grimier, but no less musical.

In Theaters: 'Men In Black III' & 'Moonrise Kingdom' Hope To Be 'The Intouchables' This Weekend

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • May 25, 2012 5:01 PM
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Fill up the cooler, slather on the sunscreen, and find all your white clothes that have been moldering in the back of the closet since Labor Day: it’s Memorial Day Weekend! This year, film studios are celebrating the armed forces and the unofficial start of summer with aliens, nuclear holocaust, drug addicts, and puppy love. So whether you’re on your way to the beach, to the plains, to the city, to the country, or just staying home to enjoy three-to-four days of freedom and fireworks, we wish you lots of happy movie watching!

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