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CANNES FESTIVAL, “How To Talk To Girls at Parties”

An A24 and StudioCanal UK production
Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell

Two men at an Andre Balasz properties step inside an elevator decorated in a gawdy baroque style. One says to the other, “so, Bob, won’t you tell me about that new John Cameron Mitchell film?” The other responds, “well, Malik, think Romeo and Juliet crossed with ‘Avatar’ meets ‘Hedwig and the angry inch.’ This encounter, one of the subterfuges my mind comes up, sometimes, to help me soldier on ... more >

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20th century women, it’s primo turns and great American cinema!

New from Annapurna Pictures and Archer Gray
Elle Fanning, Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig
Directed by Mike Mills

The mood is melancholy, the road ahead unclear. Which may explain the slew of biographical, autobiographical novels and films in a meandering Proustian fashion that go for the past. And, just like Proust’s oeuvre, never boring but intriguing and beguiling at the same time. After the Norwegian Karl Ove Knausgaard’s six-volume memoir, “My Struggle,” the gorgeous Mike Mills film, “20th Century ... more >

Phoebe in Wonderland

We all make mistakes. I'm just saying.
Elle Fanning, Felicity Huffman and Patricia Clarkson
Directed by Daniel Barnz

Movies about mental illness are a notorious peril. Come on, we all remember the old network disease of the week movies. That said, for good actors, I don’t think it’s all that hard to portray the mentally ill. The symptoms are documented well enough to manufacture a sufficient imitation. One side thinks you’re great. The other side thinks you’re overdoing it. On to your next project. The ... more >