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Cannes Day 4: Winehouse doc a shocker

7:56 am May. 16, 2015

“Amy,” the new documentary directed by Asif Kapadia¬†about the death spiral of jazz singer Amy Winehouse, has a familiar theme: the hounding of a famous young woman, her drug addictions, her path to self-destruction. It

Cannes Film Festival: ‘Irrational Man’ is lesser Woody

10:53 am May. 15, 2015

Woody Allen’s philosophical romance, “Irrational Man,” had its world premiere in Cannes on Wednesday, and the first question I’m always asked is: “Is this good Woody, or lesser Woody?”

It’s lesser. Thankfully, the press conference after

Cannes Film Festival: ‘The Lobster’ doesn’t rock

10:42 am May. 15, 2015

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos made a name for himself with the quirky, twisted alternate world of “Dogtooth,” but his latest vision of an alternate world, “The Lobster,” simply drowns in its conceit.

Here’s the setup: There’s

Cannes Day 2: ‘Hateful Eight’ sneak footage

1:05 pm May. 14, 2015

While I was attending the screening of “Son of Saul” today, the wily Harvey Weinstein was having his own event: screening footage from several of his upcoming films at a special event that featured cocktails and snacks.

As you might imagine, I was one of the few North Americans at the “Son of Saul” screening. But I don’t regret it a bit. See my earlier post about the movie.

At any rate,

Cannes Day 2: ‘Son of Saul’ packs a wallop

12:41 pm May. 14, 2015

“Son of Saul” has to be one of the most harrowing movies ever made about the Holocaust.

The emotions are so complicated, the scenes so horrifying, that it’s hard to watch at points.

The movie from Hungarian

Cannes Day 2: ‘Mad Max’ wins the press

8:00 am May. 14, 2015

“Mad Max: Fury Road” got a rousing reception from the press in Cannes on Thursday, and director George Miller said he hoped people would see the film as a “visual mosaic” based on a “graphic

Cannes Day 2: ‘Tale of Tales’ by Garrone

4:50 am May. 14, 2015

Any lover of fairy tales would have to be excited to see Italian director Matteo Garrone’s adaptation of the 17th century Neopolitan author Giambattista Basile’s works.

The Brothers Grimm praised his takes on the classic tales

The scene on the French Riviera

10:36 am May. 13, 2015

The yachts are coming to town!

Yep, it’s the Cannes Film Festival, which began Wednesday with beautiful weather, crowded beaches and blooming petunias all along the Rue d’Antibes.

The festival takes place along the shoreline of the

Rossy, Xavier, Joel, Ethan and Jake at Cannes

9:46 am May. 13, 2015

The jury for the Cannes Film Festival held its annual press conference on Wednesday, discussing how they’ll decide the winner of the Palme d’Or and other prizes when the event closes on May 24.

For the