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May 22, 2013

Robert Redford in a clip from All Is Lost

Robert Redford in a clip from All Is Lost

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Helen Mirren Steps up Where the real Queen Falters

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Helen Mirren for the ultimate win.  The Queen? Not so much, unless she’s ill, of course.  Mirren won the Oscar, among many other awards, for her portrayal of the Queen. That was one of the most richly deserving Best Actress wins in recent history. Mirren, a veteran who’d been acting for decades turns in the role of a lifetime and wins the Oscar. That is really the Oscars are their…

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Cannes Diary: Winding Down

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Invariably, those of us who attend the fest count the days back home until we depart, then about three quarters of the way through we start counting the days until can get the hell out of here. It isn’t the fault of the lovely festival, which is like a breath of fresh air every year. It is more about missing home. Maybe that’s only true for me. Maybe many people…

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Trailer for Don Jon Drops

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut.

Cannes Review: As I Lay Dying

Cannes Review: As I Lay Dying

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I don’t know when it happened exactly – maybe it was his non-performance hosting the Oscars – but the worm has definitely turned on the general enthusiasm for James Franco. For a while, everything he touched was a source of endless media fascination, but that’s pretty much over. No one I talked to here at Cannes going in was particularly excited about seeing his adaptation of William Faulkner’s challenging novel…

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Cannes Review: Mack the Knife – Only God Forgives

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s follow-up to Drive takes him farther away from traditional narrative and deeper into abstract expressionism. His painter’s eye makes Only God Forgives something beautiful to behold, awash in deep reds and geometric, carefully thought out shot compositions. But what it amounts to, in the end, is the careful work of a serial killer — not literally out there killing women but indulging in one bloody killing after…