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23 May 2016 // 10:30 AM

Cannes 2016: ‘American Honey’ + ‘Uchenik’

Two films that won awards at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival reflect on young people's experiences, emotional and spiritual.

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Street Roving in ‘Downtown 81’ and ‘Wild Style’

These two films speak earnestly to the nature of creativity and the sense of urgency one often experiences in producing a work of art – especially when faced with little to no means during the creative process.

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‘Almost Holy’: A Controversial Mission to Save Kids in Ukraine

Almost Holy can’t make sense of the perpetual trauma facing kids in Mariupol, Ukraine. But it can show the battle waged against it.

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Why Make a Film About Anthony ‘Weiner’?

For all Weiner's focus on the mayoral campaign, on the media everywhere, and on Anthony Weiner, you're never not thinking of his wife, Huma Abedin.

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‘The Angry Birds Movie’ Will Make for a Good Electronic Babysitter

Kids won't walk away from this one with a better understanding of the human condition, but for 90 plus minutes, at least, they're out of your hair.

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‘The Nice Guys’ and a Wonderful Little Girl

The Nice Guys has you hoping that Holly, wise, clever, and charismatic, will eventually help redeem her cynical, brutal, alcoholic father.

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Films in ‘Found at Mostly Lost’ Are Mostly Concerned With Avoiding the Police

Tramps, dapper husbands, fake dinosaurs and young William Frawley.

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Cannes 2016: Survivors of Dictatorship Tell Their Stories in ‘Hissein Habré, a Chadian Tragedy’

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's spare but searing documentary gives voice to those who suffered under Habré's regime.

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18 May 2016 // 10:30 AM

Cannes 2016: ‘The Handmaiden’ + ‘The BFG’

Fantasy is at the heart of two adaptations of famous books screened at Cannes this week, Steven Spielberg's The BFG and Park Chan-wook’s Agassi (The Handmaiden).

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Reflects Current Global Issues in a Surprisingly Personal Way

Civil War: What is it good for? Quite a lot, actually.

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Cannes 2016: Almodóvar Adapts Alice Munro With Some Success in ‘Julieta’

Pedro Almodóvar once more places a fractured mother/daughter relationship at the centre of his work.

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Cannes 2016: Maren Ade’s Mediocre ‘Toni Erdmann’ Has Been Bizarrely Overpraised

Ade's comedy about a father and daughter relationship is interminable and unfunny.

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Key and Peele Kill Us With Kittens

No matter who you are, good or bad, innocent bystander or merciless gangster, everybody loves kittens.

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17 May 2016 // 2:15 AM

Cannes 2016: ‘Eshtebak’ + ‘I, Daniel Blake’

At Cannes, these two powerful films inspire fury at appalling and seemingly insurmountable social divisions.

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Cannes 2016: Spielberg Delivers One of the Best Roald Dahl Adaptations With ‘The BFG’

Intelligent, huge-hearted, and as rich in its dialogue as in its visuals, The BFG is an enchanting adaptation.

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Cannes 2016: In Pursuit of a Poet in Pablo Larraín’s ‘Neruda’

Larraín riffs on Pablo Neruda's biography to create an idiosyncratic and stylized portrait of pursuer and pursued.

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Cannes 2016: Andrea Arnold’s ‘American Honey’ Is an American Folly

Arnold's self-conscious and overlong American road trip runs out of steam long before it reaches its destination.

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Yeshua Confronts His Daddy Issues in ‘Last Days in the Desert’

In between exchanges with the Devil, Yeshua comes in contact with other folks in the desert, people plainly provided to embody lessons for this troubled son.

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Cannes 2016: Alain Guiraudie Shakes Up the Competition With ‘Staying Vertical’

Alain Guiraudie springs a series of strange surprises, including the Festival's most transgressive sex scene (so far).

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13 May 2016 // 11:00 AM

Cannes 2016: ‘Café Society’ + ‘Sieranevada’

Two new films at the Cannes Film Festival, Woody Allen's Café Society and Cristi Puiu's Sieranevada, look back on the past, with very different results.

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