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Review: MOOD INDIGO (European Version) Exhilarates And Exhausts In Equal Measure

Michel Gondry is back. And he's going no holds barred. After slumming it as studio hired-gun and inner-city auteur (in 2011's The Green Hornet and 2012's The We and the I, respectively), the French director is back in small-batch surrealist... More »
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Neuchatel 2014: HOUSEBOUND And IT FOLLOWS Win Big

The Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival came to a close last Saturday, and top honors went the Kiwi horror-comedy Housebound. Gerard Johnstone's ferociously inventive update on the haunted house genre won the hearts of Neuchatel jurors and Twitch's own Peter Martin,... More »
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Mayhem in Switzerland! Neuchatel Announces Full Festival Line-up

The Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival heads into its 14th edition this July, and unlike any of us, it is gliding into adolescence with remarkable style. We've already reported that festival Guest of Honor will be former Beauty and... More »
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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: 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: 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: 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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Cannes 2014 Preview: The Official Competition

So far we've looked at the films playing in the various sidebars and co-selections, but today is the big day, today kicks off the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival, and we're going to mark it with a look at... More »
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Cannes 2014 Preview: Un Certain Regard and Midnight Screenings

Twitch's Cannes coverage continues, today with a look at our most anticipated films in the Un Certain Regard banner, and throwing in two midnight screenings as well. The Un Certain Regard section was created in 1978, in part to give some... More »
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Cannes 2014 Preview: Critics' Week and Directors' Fortnight

Pull your tuxedos out of storage, boys and girls, because it's that time of year again! Yup, those feverish ten days where the international arthouse's biggest names mingle on the French Riviera with harried paparazzi looking for the perfect shot,... More »
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Euro Beat: The Star of BREATHLESS Will Tell His Story Now

Euro Beat is back! We'll be posting bi-weekly on Wednesday instead of Tuesday from now on, but the saga of European film news and box office stats will continue as before. In today's edition: Jean-Paul Belmondo will recount his life... More »
  

Kevin Smith Goes Christmas Gore-y With ANTI-CLAUS

Kevin Smith hasn't put the finishing touches on his upcoming film Tusk, but he's already bringing the band together for his following project, the yuletide creature feature Anti-Claus. Justin Long, Michael Parks and Haley Joel Osment will all return for their... More »
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Cannes 2014: Competition Titles Announced, Including THE ROVER And MAPS TO THE STARS

In Paris this morning, festival President Gilles Jacob and Director Thierry Fremaux announced the full lineup for next month's Cannes Film Festival. The festival, considered by many to be (if not the most) important and prestigious in the world, will... More »
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Review: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, An Ode To Joy

Regrettably, Beethoven got there first. In another world, The Grand Budapest Hotel, a celebration of wit and style and class, an example of a technical master working at the top of his craft, a work as warm and genuinely funny... More »
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Berlinale 2014: Laying Bare The NYMPHOMANIAC Director's Cut

Lars von Trier swore a vow of silence after his controversial remarks at 2011's Cannes Film Festival. You may recall him comparing himself, tongue firmly in cheek, to a Nazi during the Melancholia press conference and the whole thing... More »
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Berlinale 2014 Review: HISTORY OF FEAR Is Brooding, Atmospheric, And Glacially Slow

History of Fear is set in an unnamed Argentine suburb, an idyllic community where rich families' vast estates are bordered on every side by barbwire fences and imposing gates. The presumed effect is to keep the people inside safe, but... More »
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Berlinale 2014 Review: THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY Proves Middlebrow Is Timeless

They've been making movies like The Two Faces of January since before they made movies. A graying man, his blonde haired bride, and the younger man who comes between them. Crime and chase amidst sun dappled vistas. Cops and con... More »
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