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<p>Saturday was hit with a downpour just before the red carpet premiere of <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1298650/">Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides</a>.</em> The rain let up but the movie was water-logged regardless.  Neither Depp nor a few imaginative moments could buoy this bloated, leaden, and meandering film. The swash is definitely out of the buckle.</p> <p>With Robert De Niro heading the jury a likely frontrunner for the Palme d&#8217;Or may be<em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1827512/"> Le Gamin Au Vielo (The Kid on a Bike)</a></em>, the new film from <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0201094/">Jean-Pierre</a> and <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0201095/">Luc Dardenne</a>. <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0208426/">Cécile De France</a> stars as a woman who decides to take very determined, very emotionally crushed child into her life. De Niro seems to have a soft spot for films where the protagonists has a lot of daddy issues and this one certainly does. Add also that The Dardennes have won the Palme before with <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0456396/">The Child</a> in 2005 and <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0200071/">Rosetta</a> in 1999.<a href="http://new.blog.imdb.net/files/2011/05/velo.jpg"><img class="alignright size-full wp-image-2980" src="http://new.blog.imdb.net/files/2011/05/velo.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="266" /></a><a href="http://new.blog.imdb.net/files/2011/05/velo.jpg"> </a></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1655442/">The Artist</a>, </em>directed by <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0371890/">Michel Hazanavicius</a> (the guy who did <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0464913/">OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies</a></em> and its sequel) is a nearly entirely silent film that has a number of clever conceits and has become the talk of the town. With<em> <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047522/">A Star Is Born</a></em> storyline (hot actor&#8217;s career falls while his protege/lover&#8217;s rises) and two very likeable leads, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0241121/">Jean Dujardin</a> and <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0067367/">Bérénice Bejo</a> (both from <em>OSS</em> as well) the film has become the unexpected talk of the festival. The Weinstein Company acquired the property and are very excited about it.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1911600/">Miss Bala</a>, </em>which is in the Un Certain Regard category, starts out well but becomes an overly long muddle; it&#8217;s one  of those films where, when you watch a scene where a truck is heading out into the desert at night, it&#8217;s shot from the top of the cab where the beams are and it goes on for over a minute. It concerns a beauty contestant who, by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, gets involved in with a Tijuana drug lord.<em></em> I hate it when that happens.<br /> <em>by Keith Simanton<br /> </em></p> »

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