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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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Cannes 2016: Ken Loach Blasts Britain’s Welfare System in ‘I, Daniel Blake’

Ken Loach's latest is a well-meaning but disappointing attempt to explore the impact of Conservative benefit cuts in the UK.

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In ‘Money Monster’, Everyone Is Watching, But No One Is Listening

Money Monster is stuck between indictments, encouraging you to be mad at the bad media makers, the players in the crooked financial industry, and you, the reckless consumers.

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Albanian Hell is Cold in ‘Cash Only’

Though it may not be the most originally plotted crime drama, Cash Only executes its conceit with technical skill and emotional honesty.

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Enterprising Women and the Femme Fatale of Film Noir

'Too Late for Tears' and 'Woman on the Run' remind us that today's financial and gender anxieties have long histories.

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City of Lost Dreams: The Rare Films of New York City

Exploring the depraved depths of the urban jungle, these rare films offer a longing, backward glance at a New York now long gone.

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Life’s a Beach in Eric Rohmer’s ‘Pauline at the Beach’

This is one of Eric Rohmer's more accessible films in which humour, romance and drama go together just as easily as sun, sand and sea.

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Corsini’s Sublime ‘Summertime’ Captures All the Contours of a Love Affair

Catherine Corsini's movie delicately and intelligently explores the romance that develops between two women in France in the early '70s.

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‘Captain America: Civil War’: Bang, Punch, Kick, Shake Hands

Iron Man and Captain America split up the Avengers for an evenly matched and oddly friendly (sometimes witty) showdown.

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