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Cannes 2017: Elton John & Bernie Taupin celebrate 50 years of music with new YouTube videos

5 hours ago

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Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin made a surprise visit to the Cannes Film Festival on Monday afternoon for a special event in association with YouTube. The two legendary British songwriters previously challenged users of the streamer to come up with ideas for three different music videos for some of their biggest hits – all of which never had an original video produced when they were originally release.

The tracks to be used were the pair’s iconic Benny and the Jets, which had to include some kind of performance element, Tiny Dancer, which was to be live-action and the legendary Rocket Man, which needed to be pure animation. Users entered the competition, titled Elton John: The Cut, in their thousands from all corners of the world. Users had to submit a 90-second pitch in video form with the numbers eventually whittled down to the three »

- Paul Heath

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Cannes 2017: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer review: Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos (2017)

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The Killing Of A Sacred Deer review: Can Yorgos Lanthimos make it a Cannes 1-2 with his first movie since 2015’s highly regarded and highly original The Lobster?

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer review by Paul Heath at the 2017 Festival de Cannes.

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer review

Following up his 2015 Cannes break-out, the stunning, very original dry comedy The Lobster, a film that we really loved – Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos enters the official competition at Cannes 2017 with this drama of family matters and other dark materials.

We open to a full-on close-up of a beating heart – exposed mid-surgery – closely followed by Colin Farrell’s cardiac surgeon taking off his mask and throwing his blood-stained gloves into a nearby bin. This one obviously hasn’t gone well. Farrell plays Steven Murphy, a devoted family man with a history of drinking. Murphy, married with two children,his alcoholism now firmly in the past, »

- Paul Heath

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Cannes 2017: An Inconvenient Sequel review: Dir. Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk (2017)

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An Inconvenient Sequel review: Al Gore opens up the climate change debate once again and reflects on the what’s happened since the debut of his Oscar-winning first feature from eleven years ago.

An Inconvenient Sequel review by Paul Heath at the 2017 Festival de Cannes.

An Inconvenient Sequel review

Ten years ago, Davis Guggenheim brought a film to screens that opened many people’s eyes to the dangers and incoming threat of climate change. An Inconvenient Truth went on to score an Oscar and multiple other awards around the world with Al Gore‘s economic slideshow being adapted into a screenplay by the former vice president to huge international acclaim – it also made a decent dime – a reported $50 million in box-office receipts.

Ten years on we have An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, again guided by Gore, though directed this time by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. The feature, filmed »

- Paul Heath

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Cannes 2017: The Redoutable review: Dir: Michel Hazanavicius (2017)

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The Redoutable review: Following a festival low with The Search back in 2014, Michel Hazanavicius returns for another pop at Cannes with a film based on French film god Jean-Luc Godard.

The Redoutable review by Paul Heath at the 2017 Festival de Cannes.

The Redoutable review

It has been six years since Michel Hazanavicius wowed the international film community with his Best Picture Oscar-winning silent movie The Artist back in 2011. With work on Les infidèles, a feature containing a series of short movies dropping the following year, and then war drama The Search arriving in 2014, the French director returns to the world of motion picture-themed narrative with this comedy-drama focusing on famed auteur Jean-Luc Godard in the time period of his second marriage 17-year old actress Anne Wiazemsky.

Related: The Square review (Cannes 2017)

The year is 1968 and French filmmaker Godard (Louis Garrel) is at the peak of his career, both Breathless and »

- Paul Heath

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Pirates of the Caribbean Salazars Revenge Review: Dirs. Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg (2017)

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Pirates of the Caribbean Salazar’s Revenge Review: The fifth Pirates film hits cinemas this week, but is it any good?

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’S Revenge Review Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge Review

It’s been almost fifteen years since the first Pirates of the Caribbean film arrived in cinemas. The film, based on a popular ride at Disney’s theme parks, took the world by storm and proved that audiences still loved a pirate yarn. Then came two sequels in reasonably rapid succession (2006 and 2007), and with the narrative completed, we thought that was the last we’d seen of Captain Jack Sparrow. Then in 2011 we got another trip around the oceans with Sparrow, this time without his sidekicks, Elizabeth and Will. It lacked the pizzazz of the original trio, but despite lukewarm reviews, went onto the generate a massive box office meaning that film five wasn’t far away. »

- Kat Hughes

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‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ Digital Download Review

13 hours ago

Back in 2002, hot-off-the-heels of the success of The Fast and the Furious – which came out the year before – Vin Diesel and director Rob Cohen took a crack at a fun espionage, with xXx. A decade and a half later and Diesel’s Xander Cage is skateboard/diving/extreme sports’ing his way back into the limelight for xXx: Return of Xander Cage (so much so, his name is even in the title now).

The three-quel in the “Triple-x” franchise opened earlier this year, in January, right after we received a slew of high-end, terrific cinematic gems – the so-called Oscar pictures – the likes of Fences, La La LandManchester by the Sea amongst others. Perhaps its Digital and Home Entertainment release – as we head into the Summer movie season – feels like a more apt surrounding for this affair; big, loud, action-packed, chaotic, it fits right in alongside the other second/third-tier Summer blockbusters. »

- Awais Irfan

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