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Cannes 2015: ‘Love’ and ‘Youth’ Amp Up the Sex at the Festival

Both Gaspar Noé's Love and Paulo Sorrentino's Youth explore sexual desire, but they take very different approaches.

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The Ghosts of ‘Poltergeist’ Can’t Spook Technology

There's lots of tech on display in this remake of 1982's Poltergeist, but the script sure doesn't know how to grapple with it.

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Cannes 2015: ‘Dheepan’ and ‘The Lobster’ Depict Different Kinds of War

Two movies screening in competition at Cannes, Dheepan and The Lobster, consider very different sorts of war, between hardcore gangs and between life aspirations.

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Cannes 2015: Women Resist Their Masters in ‘Sicario’ and ‘The Assassin’

Both Sicario and The Assassin tell the stories of women embroiled in conflict: in the former, the drug war; in the latter, the courts of ninth-century China.

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‘Tomorrowland’ Is a Future That’s Past

In loving a future that used to be "better", Tomorrowland is predictably incoherent. It wants an old future, one that's long gone.

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Cannes 2015: ‘Mediterranea’ Explores African Migration to Italy

Evoking De Sica, Denis, and the Dardennes, Jonas Carpignano’s film Mediterranea is a humane and visceral portrait of African migration to Italy.

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Richard Goldstein on the Front Lines With Janis Joplin, Andy Warhol, Abby Hoffman and More

Richard Goldstein's journey is a closely observed, fervently lived “I was there” account of the music, the politics, the sex, the drugs, and the poetry in rock lyrics.

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The Milk Carton Kids: Monterey

Monterey is an earnest, serious collection of minimalist folk songs that only comes to life when the Milk Carton Kids liven up those songs through lyrics or tempo.

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Joanna Gruesome: Peanut Butter

Joanna Gruesome mash together lo-fi punk and fuzzy twee pop for a gleefully unbalanced follow-up to their acclaimed 2013 debut.

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Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear: Skeleton Crew

If Madisen Ward’s singing surprises for its somewhat overt oddness, the lyrics sometimes surprise too -- not in big, powerful ways but in humble ones.

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Darryl Holter: Radio Songs: Woody Guthrie in Los Angeles 1937-1939

By making a record to remind us about Woody Guthrie's tenure on Los Angeles radio, Holter is also reminding us of California’s unique legacy of promises unfulfilled.

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Darren Hanlon: Where Did You Come From?

Hanlon, the Australian, was walking on hallowed American ground when he recorded these songs. But they're still very much his songs -- elevating his own personal style to new heights.

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“Kiss Me, Stupid” Is a Sex Comedy That Follows Up on Its Tease

Kiss Me, Stupid dares to suggest that middle-class Americans, just like the ticket buyers, might not be as sexually upright as they're cracked up to be.

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‘The Saint’ Is a Charming Fairy Tale in the Form of a Spy Mystery

Effortlessly charming and infinitely resourceful, Roger Moore's Simon Templar sets the world to rights in hourly installments in The Saint.

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21 May 2015 // 10:30 AM

Shark Week: Beach Fuzz

With a name befitting their sound, Shark Week heads to the beach with copious amounts of fuzz, reverb and punk posturing in tow.

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In ‘Secret Wars #2’ Gravity Reverses

Right from the start of Secret Wars #2, it feels like gravity is reversed. This feels big. This feels important. This feels new.

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21 May 2015 // 8:20 AM

Cannes 2015: ‘La Loi de Marche’ and ‘An’

Two films at the Cannes Film Festival consider work; work as a means to an end, and work as a need for social connection.

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Can Selfishness Be a Virtue?

Through the magical intersection of text and image The Age of Selfishness seeks to clarify the philosophy of Ayn Rand, and how it influenced the Masters of the Universe.

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‘The Weaponographist’: A Casual Roguelike?

The Weaponigraphist approximates a hardcore gaming experience, while not really actually being all that hardcore.

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Paul Weller: Saturns Pattern

This is not just serviceable "craft" meant to keep the fans happy; this is magic that's up for grabs to all.

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