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Cannes Review: The Bondurant Boys Deal Moonshine & Violence In John Hillcoat's Lively 'Lawless'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 19, 2012 6:10 AM
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"It's not violence that sets men apart, it's the distance they're willing to go," Forrest Bonduarant (Tom Hardy) tells his youngest brother Jack (Shia LaBeouf) in "Lawless." And with a set of brass knuckles in his pocket and a pistol in his waistband, he knows what he's talking about. That theme is one that has carried John Hillcoat through his last two pictures "The Proposition" and "The Road," and once again he explores men and their relationship with violence in "Lawless," a picture that while highly entertaining, doesn't quite match the heights of his previous efforts.

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

  • By James Rocchi
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  • May 18, 2012 9:34 PM
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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 film that's extraordinarily well-made, superbly acted, funny, human, warm, principled and, yes, as enthrallingly entertaining as it is fiercely moral and intelligent. Set in Chile in 1988, "No" stars Gael Garcia Bernal as Réne, a "creative" at an ad agency. At the start of the film, he's explaining to a group of clients how this spot he's about to show them represents the new, young feeling of Chile, and how it's in tune with the youth of that country and their needs. And then he rolls … a soda commercial, full of shoulderpad-wearing rockers, exultant crowds of youth, and a mime.

Kiss With The Fresh Prince Denied: Will Smith Slaps Overzealous Ukranian Reporter

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 18, 2012 8:00 PM
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Hey, that's just how they do it in the Ukraine.

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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 18, 2012 7:05 PM
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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 emotional obsession crossing paths with tragic and haunting results.

Michelle Monaghan & Susan Sarandon Enter ‘Still of Night,’ Naveen Andrews Joins Naomi Watts In ‘Diana,’ Julianne Hough Finds ‘Safe Haven’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 18, 2012 5:45 PM
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Since her breakout role in 2005’s “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,” Michelle Monaghan has been steadily turning in solid supporting performances in everything from big-budget thrillers (“Mission Impossible III”) to more character-based dramas (“North Country”), but Hollywood still hasn’t seen her as a leading lady. That’s all set to change though, as Monaghan has signed on to appear in her biggest role yet alongside Susan Sarandon.

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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 18, 2012 5:22 PM
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"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 as both Fred and Laurence soon find out, their intellectual capacity to deal with the transition may not survive the rigors of the heart. The young director Xavier Dolan has proven he's anything if not divisive, and his latest, "Laurence Anyways," will do nothing to change that. But as messy as it is, as much as the film overreaches and overplays its hand, "Laurence Anyways" is also exciting for the very ambition and narrative daring that it contains.

'The Avengers' Hits DVD/Blu-ray September 25th With Alternate Ending And More Harry Dean Stanton

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2012 4:59 PM
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Not content with holding 25 box office records to date, Marvel and Joss Whedon's superhero team-up flick "The Avengers" looks to continue to dominate the top ten this weekend, beating competitors "Battleship," "Dark Shadows" and "The Dictator" remorselessly, as though they were CGI recreations of a RADA-trained actor playing a Norse god. How far it goes is a good question: crossing the two-billion dollar mark and overtaking "Titanic" could be a distinct possibility, but we suspect "Avatar" might be out of reach -- that film had months to play with little competition, while blockbuster season starts to kick up a gear in the next few weeks.

Dustin Lance Black Talks Re-Editing & Taking A Second Stab At His Directorial Debut 'Virginia'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • May 18, 2012 4:40 PM
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Dustin Lance Black had a rude awakening with his directorial debut "What's Wrong with Virginia?" when it first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2010 -- critics hated it, including The Playlist. Even though he'd won an Academy Award for his screenplay of "Milk," Black discovered that the goodwill from his Oscar acceptance speech only went so far. But if it had been up to him, he wouldn't have shown the film before he was confident with what he had shot.

In Theaters: 'The Dictator' Overruns The 'Polisse,' So That 'Battleship' And 'What To Expect' May Cause Angry 'Hysteria' Among 'The Samaritan's

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • May 18, 2012 4:20 PM
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Dictators, hitmen, and navy officers – oh my! It’s a big weekend for the dudes, the professional advantages mentioned above notwithstanding, and we can expect screens clogged with manly men doing male things. Even the invention of a sex toy (by a man, duh) and male grooming get sweet turns in the theaters. If only the powerful sight of pregnant women was enough to combat the male-dominated market. Ah well, perhaps another weekend. Let’s jump into the testosterone-fueled fray, shall we?

Interview: Newcomer Gretchen Lodge Talks Inhabiting 'Lovely Molly,' Dark Playlists & Dream Remakes

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • May 18, 2012 3:55 PM
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Gretchen Lodge makes her screen debut this weekend in the latest from "The Blair Witch Project" helmer Eduardo Sanchez, the possession/psychological horror thriller "Lovely Molly." Lodge gives a ferocious, fearless and deeply intimate performance in a film that strays from the found footage genre Sanchez helped to create, instead rendering a much more personal horror film that utilizes first person camera footage as one of the many tools in the telling the story of Molly, a young newlywed who begins to lose her grip on reality. Or does she?

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