Cannes 2014 Review: THE SALT OF THE EARTH Celebrates Photographic Art

There are a few titans of narrative cinema - Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee come first to mind - who make documentaries that rival their feature film work. Another example is Werner Herzog, a filmmaker whose non-fiction films are still... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: WHITE GOD Unleashes The Hounds Of Allegory

Doggedly heavy on allegory, the film by Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó's White God (Fehér Isten) has a relatively simple premise - beware the comeuppance for those that treat badly those they believe to be inferior.At its heart, the film plays... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: THE INCIDENT (EL INCIDENTE) Is One Of The Most Intriguing Mexican Films Of The Year

In what it feels like the scene with the most personal dialog during the first half of Isaac Ezban's The Incident (El Incidente), the agonizing character of Amores Perros' Humberto Busto shares his thoughts about life in general. "Life is... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: THE ROVER Drives A Steady Course

The Rover is a slow burn Western, a film with brief explosions of violence that are interspersed along a dry, dusty narrative landscape.Directed by Animal Kingdom's David Michôd, there's a cold, calculating air to the film that may put off... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: Soviet Hockey Movie RED ARMY Scores Big

The film opens with Viacheslav Fetisov in a crisp suit, taking a phone call. An exasperated director asks questions, while "Slava" stares at his phone, ignoring the interruption. It's as if a czar has been interrupted mid-bite at his feast.... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: FOXCATCHER Is Captivating, Rewarding

John Eleuthère du Pont, one of the heirs to the vast Du Pont fortune, had it all it seemed. Wealth almost beyond measure, he studied and wrote on ornithology and was an avid philatelist, having paid at the time a... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: THE BLUE ROOM, A Surreal And Engaging Noir Thriller

While most film audiences outside France will recognize Mathieu Amalric as the villain from Quantum of Solace, he's been directing films in addition to his great acting work for more than twenty years in his native country. HIs last feature,... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: THE SEARCH, A Solid Lob Right Down The Middle

Somebody remind Michel Hazanavicius that he already has the Oscar. Because it seems that the raison d'être for the French director's multi-lingual, morally hectoring war drama is solely to add some weight to his effervescent filmography. To bolster his standing as... More »
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Cannes 2014 Review: WILD TALES Is Wicked Fun

I've seen some of the best (and worst) films out of twenty years of doing festivals by seeing that random film that fits between two scheduled other screenings. Sometimes it works (it's how I discovered a love for Kim Ki-Duk,... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: Action Thriller THE TARGET Misses the Mark

Normally we read about which new Korean thriller has had its remake rights snatched up by a Hollywood studio (news which invariably leads to a fervent chorus of opposition among Korean film fans) but these days we're starting to see... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: SELF MADE, Funny, Savage, And Smart

Shira Geffen made a splash in 2007 with her debut Jellyfish, a film she co-directed with her husband, writer Etgar Keret. This time Geffen is going solo, and though she may not have many credits on her resume, her confidence... More »
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Cannes 2014 Review: Xavier Dolan's MOMMY Delights

With Mommy, Xavier Dolan, at the age of 25, solidifies himself in the pantheon of great directors. It may sound hyperbolic, but the film features an explosive freshness, a delicate balance between humour and tragedy that's simply intoxicating. Mommy is a beautifully realized... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: LOST RIVER, Or Ryan Gosling's Memorably Weird Thesis Film

The answer to the question can Ryan Gosling direct is a resounding 'Sort of.' Lost River is an unwieldy mess of a film, all over the place, scatterbrained, entropic. You could even go so far as to call it an... More »
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Cannes 2014 Review: GIRLHOOD Challenges Expectations From Its Very First Moments

Girlhood (Bande des Filles) quite literally kicks off to a running start. In the first second in the very first shot, a rush of decked-out football players come hurtling head-on directly at the camera. Backed by thumping, synth-heavy electropop, we follow... More »
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Cannes 2014 Review: In THE WONDERS, The Stings of Adolescence

The Wonders (Le meraviglie) is a poetic realist portrait of painful adolescence. Director Alice Rohrwacher tells a slight coming of age tale infused with melancholy, hardship but not without a sense of beauty. Gone is the Italy of opulence and... More »
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Cannes 2014 Review: WHEN ANIMALS DREAM, Stark And Haunting Arthouse Horror

One of the reasons I love genre film is that is gives opportunity to explore the human condition with strange metaphors, allowing the spectator perhaps a deeper and richer understanding than when trying to represent something directly. Such is the... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: THE SALVATION Is Salivatingly Good

It's no longer really much of a bold move to call Mads Mikkelsen one of the finest actors working in the world today. A consummate thespian, his performances are always intoxicating to watch, be they in silly pulp-populism when playing... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: Cronenberg's MAPS TO THE STARS Gets Lost Along The Way

This doesn't bode well.For the second film in a row, David Cronenberg has made a stinker. Yes, there were some bits in Cosmopolis that didn't suck, but it was hardly vintage DC. As I mentioned in my review for that... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: WINTER SLEEP Asks The Tough Questions

Nuri Bilge Ceylan trained as a photographer and has mined the expressive terrain of his native Anatolia to great effect throughout his career. As a director, he has used the landscape not simply as a backdrop, but often as an... More »
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Cannes 2014 Review: SAINT LAURENT is Stylish, Fun and Empty

For the second time this year, the gilded life of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is getting the big screen treatment. The first was the paint by the numbers biopic Yves Saint Laurent, a gentle, actor's film made with... More »
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