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Review Round-Up and Featurette: Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" Promises Serious Eye-Candy

Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" premieres in the U.S. on June 8, but after overseas debuts in France, Russia, and England critics have inked their responses and some spoiler-heavy ones at that. The handful of critics who published early reviews agree that the film's visuals are stunning and Ridley Scott is right at home in the "world creation" part of his fantasy films. The new featurette on the space ship Prometheus posted below is irrefutable evidence of stunning visuals. It's still up for debate whether the movie provides substance to the heady questions of morality and existence.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 30, 2012 11:40 AM
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Now and Then: Tilda Swinton's Big Crack-Up

Tilda Swinton is a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. She's been sent reeling by the loneliness of a Russian winter, the carnal passions of an Italian chef, a kidnapping conspiracy, two murderous sons, and a class-action lawsuit. In fact, it's her affinity for such crack-ups that have made her a critical darling and art house star.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • May 29, 2012 2:54 PM
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Cannes Review: Cronenberg's Dystopian "Cosmopolis" Stars Pattinson as Dissolute Master of the Universe

"Life is too contemporary," Didi Fancher (Juliette Binoche) tells Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) after they've just had sex in the back of his limousine. That seems to be the global concern in "Cosmopolis," a headlong plunge into a dystopian urban milieu of greed, corruption, technology, nihilism, you name it.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 28, 2012 2:05 PM
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Cannes Virgin Diary 4: Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," Reygadas' "Post Tenebras Lux"

My trip is winding down to an end, and the festival has ended on such a high note for me. Last night, I tried once again to see Leos Carax's "Holy Motors," but the screening was cancelled. I cried a little, and then ate a Big Mac. But in spite of that disappointment, I've seen some excellent films.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 26, 2012 6:09 PM
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Cannes Review Round-Up: David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" with Robert Pattinson

If anything, judging from Cannes critics, David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" is a faithful adaptation of the Don DeLillo source material. The consensus is that Cronenberg keeps his fierce and trim style, despite striving to stay true to the novella.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 25, 2012 1:26 PM
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Cannes 2012: Lee Daniels' Nasty 'Paperboy' Reviews In A Poem

Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" has arrived at Cannes, and it's receiving quite a reception. With stars like Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey and Macy Grey, it was always going to get attention. But critics are having a field day with its pulpy content.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 24, 2012 4:26 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'Moonrise Kingdom' Rules; The Audacious 'Oslo, August 31st' & France's 'Intouchables'

"Moonrise Kingdom" is the obvious must-see this holiday weekend, following its warm reception as the Cannes opening night film and the slew of delighted reviews that followed. Fans of director Wes Anderson won't be disappointed; this is a film that only he could make...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 24, 2012 1:03 PM
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Cannes 2012: Walter Salles and Sprawling Cast Recreate Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road,' Which is Cruising for an NC-17

"On the Road" is a two hour and 17-minute recreation of Jack Kerouac's seminal 1957 novel. It's a serious thoughtful gorgeously mounted period art film and American travelogue, carefully researched and painstakingly crafted. Walter Salles and writer Jose Rivera, the team behind "The Motorcycle Diaries," succeeded where many failed, over the three decades since producer Francis Ford Coppola optioned the property.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 23, 2012 11:58 AM
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Cannes Virgin Diary 3: Critics' Week Yields Breakouts 'Aqui y Alla,' 'Sofia's Last Ambulance'

This is the best film yet to screen at Cannes' Critics' Week, confidently made without a single wasted scene. The quotidian reality of Guerrero village life is realized with lyricism and lack of sentimentality.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 23, 2012 9:03 AM
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'Men In Black III' Reviews: Better Than The Second, But Still Irrelevant

The arrival of "Men in Black III" on May 25 is exciting mostly because Will Smith hasn't been on the big screen since 2008's "Seven Pounds." Bill Desowitz also finds it's 3-D a revelation for the comedy genre...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 22, 2012 1:46 PM
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