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CANNES – Too many notes! (how music, and other things, killed “WONDERSTRUCK”)

The new Todd Haynes in Cannes
Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams and Millicent Simmonds
Directed by Todd Haynes

Young Ben is in want of a father he’s never known, and Rose (young Millicent Simmonds), a deaf child who lives a hundred years earlier than him, is fascinated by a mysterious New York actress (played by Julianne Moore). After Ben discovers something in his mother’s (Michelle Williams) things he takes off for New York City to try and find his father. Rose comes into a hint, found in a newspaper ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL | Laurent Lafitte, unmaster of ceremony

He was supposed to host, not roast!

CANNES, France - Seems like French actor and host of this year's Cannes Festival mistook Master of Ceremony with Roastmaster. Everyone, probably, was therefore caught off-guard when he made a seriously foul comment about Woody Allen, who was seated in the room with Soon-Yi Previn and the cast of his latest film, "Cafe Society." Making a reference to Roman Polansky's rape-related legal problems ... more >

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STILL ALICE, when family bonds are tested

Initial release: January 15th
Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart
Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland

A lot of the buzz surrounding “Still Alice” revolves around Julianne Moore’s Oscar-worthy performance as a woman struggling with Alzheimer’s. And upon viewing there is no denying that Moore’s performance is the film’s winning factor. However, that is not to say that “Still Alice” is not a well-made film, because it is. Shot for less than five million dollars over the course of twenty-three days ... more >

CANNES DAY 6 – MAPS TO THE STARS

In competition
This is Cronenberg's second collaboration with Robert Pattinson
Filmed in Canada and New York

Two years ago with “Cosmopolis,” and now with “Maps to the stars” Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg has been boosting his Hollywood cred with the appropriation of Robert Pattinson as his muse. Is this going to last much longer? While I waited to get into the Debussy theater for the film's 7:30pm screening a journalist told me, ironically, “they’ll shoot another third movie together and that one ... more >

Map to the Stars trailer RELEASED

This is Robert Pattinson's second time being cast in a David Cronenberg movie
In competition

It’s been about two years now since Robert Pattinson slipped his fangs back in and ended his career as a gentleman-vampire. Two years, therefore, since we haven’t heard about him on the cover of magazines, leaving the popular press with a 90% space shortfall to fill with other things between 2008 and 2012. Fans (and they are legion) who’ve been mourning him are now breathing a collective sigh ... more >

Crazy, Stupid, Love

The perfect Summer rom-com
Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone
Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa

I like marriage. I do. At least in theory. I am unmarried, myself. But my parents are married. My friends are married. It seems like a good deal. So why is it that more and more, I find myself rooting against marriages when I watch them on film? In real life, whether divorce re-invigorates miserable people is situational. As movies go, for better or worse, it usually frees them. I’m not ... more >

A Midsummers Family Comedy with a Twist of Lemon

 [rating=2] Does the American family need a viable father figure again? A comedy focusing on a lesbian-headed family, “The Kids Are Alright” asks that question, whether writer-director Lisa Cholodenko knows it or not. And it seems to say so, before it changes its mind and says no. I don’t know, and I’m not sure the film does, either. Joni (“Alice in Wonderland” star Mia Wasikowska) and ... more >