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CANNES FESTIVAL: James Gray’s return to his childhood with “ARMAGEDDON TIME”

A story about growing up in the eighties
Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Anthony Hopkins
Directed by James Gray

CANNES, France -- There were problems with booking seats to the screening of James Gray's latest film, "Armageddon Time," this caused frustration. Finally, I managed to snag a ticket to join my group. Gray doesn't come to the Cannes Festival often. Fascinated by marginal characters left to fend for themselves, like Joaquin Phoenix's Leonard Kraditor of "Two Lovers," Gray casts a spotlight on ... more >

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“Woman walks ahead” | Ahead of history: a conversation with Susanna White

A film from the Tribeca 2018 program
Interview with Susanna White

The film “Woman Walks Ahead” opens this weekend but I was fortunate enough to see it at the Tribeca Festival. It is an honor to finally review it and therefore close out my festival coverage by indeed saving the best for last. Like many films this year it was directed by a woman and judging by the response of the audiences, it’s proof that female directors are certainly on an even playing field ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL, Will Smith and Jessica Chastain on jury

Read our coverage during the festival May 17-27.

Will Smith, Jessica Chastain, Maren Ade, Fan Binbing, Park Chan-Wook, Paolo Sorrentino and Gabriel Yared (a French-Lebanese composer known for writing the score for "The English Patient") have just been announced as this year’s jurors at the 2017 Cannes Festival, celebrating seventy years this year. These brave men and women will help jury president Pedro Almodóvar in choosing a winner among this ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL OPENING, the star-studded red carpet

The beautiful actresses of this year's festival, up close

It would be hard to imagine the Cannes Festival without its coterie of stars, from Paris to Hollywood and points in between (but mostly from those two places). Yesterday's premiere of “Cafe Society” included castmembers Blake Lively and Kristen Stewart, as well as members of this year’s competition jury. ... more >

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Crimson Peak

Jessica Chastain has pushed the dark to the limit
Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska
Directed by Guillermo del Toro

"Ghosts are real. That much I know." So begins Guillermo del Toro’s spellbinding dark fairy tale, CRIMSON PEAK. Set in the late 1900s it follows aspiring fiction writer Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) as she falls for, and marries, a penniless, seductively handsome English Baronet, Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). Along with his older sister, Lucille (Jessica Chastain), Thomas brings Edith back ... more >

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A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

Elevating the crime genre to new heights
Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain
Directed by J.C. Chandor

“A most violent year” isn’t so much about graphic violence as it is about a more invisible form of it. More specifically “Year” is a character study, a character study of the violence inflicted upon the integrity of a man who’s faced with the kinds of pressures that tempt him to abandon his principles. It is New York, 1981. Fuel supplier Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) is about to close a real ... more >

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INTERSTELLAR

Curiously fulfilling
Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain
Directed by Christopher Nolan

The first thing to remember about “Interstellar” –Christopher Nolan’s fantastically-loopy apocalyptic father-daughter space saga is its nature as a scientific parable. Nolan, along with his brother and screenwriter Jonathan, are attuned to how scientific theory and discovery open new possibilities for story structure and mythic storytelling. In fact, the term “wormhole” in space comes from ... more >