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Best of the Week: Gosling & Dolan Rouse Cannes, Early Oscar Contenders Unveiled, 'X-Men' Secrets & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • May 24, 2014 11:00 AM
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Un Certain Regard Prizes Unveiled at Cannes

Hungarian director Kornel Mondruczo's film centering on an uprising of dogs, "White God," has nabbed the top prize in Cannes' Un Certain Regard section.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 23, 2014 1:54 PM
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Cannes: Palme d'Or Contender 'Leviathan' Gets Gargantuan Reaction from Critics

Critics are going crazy for Russian helmer Andrey Zvyagintsev's latest, "Leviathan," which played in competition at Cannes and now looks to be a serious contender for the prized Palme d'Or. Zvyagintsev knocked it out of the park with 2011's meditation on one family's legacy of crime, "Elena," and this new film again returns to the terrain of social critique, but by loosely retelling the Book of Job.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 23, 2014 12:36 PM
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Cannes: 'Clouds of Sils Maria,' Starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, Impresses Critics as Fest Nears Finale

Olivier Assayas' "Clouds of Sils Maria" was one of the final competition titles to bow at Cannes 2014, and it seems the festivals programmers were saving a goodie -- if not the best -- for last. Reviews are upbeat if not through-the-roof.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 23, 2014 11:58 AM
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Cannes: 'Jimmy's Hall' a Fitting Swansong but Ken Loach Isn't Done Yet

If "Jimmy's Hall" was to be Ken Loach's final narrative feature, as he suggested a few months ago, the activist-minded British filmmaker could go out with his chin held high.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 22, 2014 7:28 PM
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Cannes: Tommy Lee Jones' 'The Homesman' Snapped Up for North America by Newbie Saban Films

Tommy Lee Jones' Cannes competition title "The Homesman" has found, well, a home with new banner Saban Films, who will distribute the film in North America.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 22, 2014 2:13 PM
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Cannes: Critics Divided on Zhang Yimou's Latest 'Coming Home' -- Timeless or Plodding?

At 64 years old, Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou is back at Cannes with out-of-competition title "Coming Home," starring his iconic muse Gong Li, and following an unhappy homecoming that acts as metaphor for the country's coming-to-terms with the cultural revolution. Some critics are digging it while others are left cold; the film's no-holds-barred emotion -- and a much-mentioned piano score -- is either having reviewers reach for their hankies or checking their watches. Highlights from a review roundup, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 22, 2014 12:30 PM
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Cannes: Young Filmmakers Make Bold Moves in the Cinefondation Competition, Silverstein's 'Skunk' Wins First Place

Some of the easier seats to find at Cannes are in the Cinéfondation, which is a shame not only for the young filmmakers who need and deserve as wide an audience as possible, but also because some of the liveliest, most interesting and entertaining filmmaking of the festival can be found here. Really. Now in its 17th year, the Cinéfondation selects shorts from film schools around the world.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • May 22, 2014 11:40 AM
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At Cannes, Filmmakers Break Out of the Box at Their Peril: Ask Ryan Gosling

Filmmakers at Cannes beware. Make an unpredictable movie well outside your comfort zone and sometimes, critics will heap you with praise, as they did when comedy director Michel Hazanavicius went dramatic with "The Artist" at Cannes and went on to win a bevy of prizes including the Best Picture Oscar. So he took the once in a lifetime chance to make a passion project close to his heart.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 22, 2014 4:10 AM
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Cannes: Is Palme d'Or Contender 'Mommy' Xavier Dolan's Dearest Yet?

Like it or not, Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan is, at age 25, almost insufferably talented. This year marks his fourth trip to the Croisette as a director, as he debuted in 2009 with the intensely personal "I Killed My Mother." But his latest, "Mommy," is his first to bow in the Main Competition. And based on critics' initial reactions, it's a doozy.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 21, 2014 8:51 PM
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