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‘X-men: Apocalypse’ Makes for a Strong and Fit Finalé

The evolution of superhero movies helps put X-men at the top of the food chain.

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2 Jun 2016 // 9:45 AM

Cannes 2016: ‘The Salesman’ + ‘Elle’

These two films suggest possible ways for women's self-expression in the midst of oppression.

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Documentary ‘Presenting Princess Shaw’ Presents Truths and Fictions

The documentary's remix of the protagonists experiences shapes a trajectory, invites identification with her struggle, presents her as mesmeric, self-aware.

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‘Of Men and War’: ‘I Still Can’t Get Used to the Way I Am’

This documentary respectfully observes the hard work of recovery, as Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans pursue their traumatic memories in order to live with them.

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Art Decadence in ‘L’inhumaine’

Smart, sharp and fashionably ahead of its time, L’inhumaine hangs in an aesthetic balance between the cerebral pretensions of a popular literary novel and the continental-chic of a glamour magazine.

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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: Again With the End of the World

You've seen the end of the world, you've seen it more than once. It's loud and it's large. And it's not new.

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Beckinsale Beguile’s in Stillman’s Nearly Perfect Period Piece, ‘Love & Friendship’

Whit Stillman's Love & Friendship extracts enchantment from the pages of a little known posthumously published Jane Austen novel.

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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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Virtual Reality and Storytelling: What Happens When Art and Technology Collide?

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"Virtual reality is changing the face of entertainment, and I can see a future when I will find myself inside VR listening to some psych-rock while meditating on an asteroid.

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