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Macbeth review: Fassbender and Cotillard full of sound and fury in significant Shakespeare adaptation

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The Highlands are recast as a glowing outback in this extremely stylish and sometimes inspired new version by the director of Snowtown

Shakespeare’s tragedy and noir-thriller prototype Macbeth appears in a new screen version from Australian film-maker Justin Kurzel, famous for his brutal crime movie Snowtown — the story of how a warrior-nobleman is encouraged to commit regicide by his ruthlessly ambitious wife, who then descends into bewilderment and despair as her husband fanatically reinforces his position with an escalating series of pre-emptive murders.

This is not the traditional stage Macbeth, crammed into claustrophobic interior spaces. It is conceived in (and almost dwarfed by) a vast Scottish plain, like Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth. The movie never entirely quits the battlefield (“heath” is replaced with “battlefield” in one early tinkering with the text) above which the air finally becomes blood red in a dusty fog of war — a Scots Outback, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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The Little Prince review – adaptation of Saint-Exupéry just about gets off the ground

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The much-loved children’s classic is given an animated overhaul by the co-director of Kung Fu Panda, but overelaboration means it almost goes down in flames

One advantage of animation is that you can record a whole new language dialogue track, and no one will know the difference. (It’s like the silent era, when switching out title cards meant it didn’t matter whether the film came from Berlin or Bognor.) So we have the new adaptation of the popular Saint-Exupéry children’s tale, simultaneously presented in two different cinemas at Cannes, in French and English, with entirely different voice casts involved. It was the English one for me, with Jeff Bridges and Rachel McAdams, rather than André Dussollier and Florence Foresti; however, with Kung Fu Panda’s Mark Osborne on board as director, the artistic balance is definitively tilted in the direction of the Anglo-American crowdpleaser.

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- Andrew Pulver

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Gérard Depardieu discusses Russia in Cannes: 'If Crimea had been American it would have been a different matter'

22 hours ago

The actor has spoken of his unhappiness over the conflict in Ukraine, as well as about his love of being fed on set and his respect for Bruce Willis

Related: Gérard Depardieu launches luxury watch in Russia amid economic turmoil

Gerard Depardieu has expressed solidarity with both Russian president Vladimir Putin and former Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko at the Cannes film festival. Asked his feelings about the current dispute over Ukraine, Depardieu said: “I’m like everybody – I think conflicts are a terrible thing. I know Mr Putin well; I like him a lot and I still go to Russia.”

Related: Gérard Depardieu in Cannes: 'In all of us there is a monster'

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- Catherine Shoard

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Controversial documentary An Open Secret reveals paedophilia in Hollywood

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“What you see in the film is the tip of the iceberg” says producer Gabe Hoffman on An Open Secret, the documentary from Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg about child sex abuse in Hollywood

A revealing new documentary about the sexual abuse of children within Hollywood is hoping to lift the lid off an alleged network that implicates major industry figures.

An Open Secret, which was shown this week in an out-of-festival screening in Cannes, is a damning new film from Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg, who previously explored paedophilia within the Catholic church in Deliver Us From Evil.

Related: An Open Secret review – damning documentary takes aim at sexual abuse in Hollywood

Related: Ferguson documentary American Race crowdfunded by Oscar nominee

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- Benjamin Lee

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Cannes uncovered: day 10 - the awards begin, Noé talks, Roth rocks!

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Tim Roth makes a late bid for best actor, while Dad bod 1.0 Gerard Depardieu gets his shirt off, Colin Farrell gets conflicted over cheeseburgers and Gaspar Noé says something silly

Good God, we’re still here. We’re tired, cranky, smelly, damaged Cannes near-burnouts, but we’re still bloody here. Squeaky little machines of film-flogging industry. Pour rosé in and watch the words stutter out. You can’t beat us Cannes. We won’t let you.

Valley Of Love is a nice film with two strong performances, but will be forgotten in a month. #Cannes2015

Valley Of Love kept me intrigued. But ironic that a movie with so much topless Depardieu would be that thin. #Cannes2015

Valley of Love: low-key metaphysical drama set in Death Valley. Odd choice for comp. Depardieu topless more than actors in Love #Cannes2015

Chronic: Tim Roth disturbs & transfixes as obsessive nurse with troubled past & cloaked intentions. »

- Benjamin Leeand Henry Barnes

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Tomorrowland: how Walt Disney’s strange utopia shaped the world of tomorrow

21 May 2015 11:03 AM, PDT

Disneyland is celebrating its 60th birthday with a movie version of one of its most famous attractions. But do we still need the theme park now that the rest of the world has been Disneyfied?

Welcome to the future. Or is it the past? In Tomorrowland, Disney’s new adventure movie, George Clooney and friends risk life and limb to reach the utopian realm of the title, and it looks pretty much like we expected the future to look, at least back in the 1960s: a pristine, shopping-mall sort of place with soaring glass spires and flying trains and happy people of all nations wearing coloured boiler suits. But here in the real world (a relative term, admittedly) you can visit Tomorrowland today. As many millions of visitors know, it is already an area of Disney’s theme parks, devoted to the same type of optimistic techno-futurism Tomorrowland the movie espouses. »

- Steve Rose

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Jason Statham: our last action hero (50 million Facebook fans can't be wrong)

20 May 2015 1:14 PM, PDT

The Rock is too big, Sly Stallone is too old and Steven Seagal looks too much like a sea lion. When you need a man who can chop off a gunman’s hand and use it to shoot someone else in the face, there’s only one person who fits the bill

In Homefront, Jason Statham is a tough, uncompromising DEA agent. In Crank, Jason Statham is a tough, uncompromising hit man. In Hummingbird, Jason Statham is a tough, uncompromising homeless man. In In the Name of the King, Jason Statham is a tough, uncompromising farmer.

Jason Statham is nothing if not consistent. Consistent and tough and uncompromising. But that consistency has won him legions of fans – almost 50 million on Facebook alone. You know what you’re getting with a Jason Statham film. He will beat people up. He will crash cars. He will do an unconvincing American accent. And »

- Adam Gabbatt

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Son of Saul: a tense thriller set in Auschwitz in 1944 – video trailer

20 May 2015 3:28 AM, PDT

Watch a promotional trailer for Son of Saul, an ambitious drama that plunges its viewer directly into the heart of a concentration camp. The film, directed by László Nemes, follows Saul Ausländer, a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando - the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. The trailer is in Hungarian, with French subtitles for promotion at Cannes film festival

• Read Peter Bradshaw's five-star review of Son of Saul Continue reading »

- Guardian Staff

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Son of Saul star: ‘God was holding the hand of every Jew in the gas chamber’

19 May 2015 9:29 AM, PDT

He is the talk of Cannes thanks to his stunning performance in the unflinching Auschwitz drama Son of Saul – his first film ever. We meet teacher, poet and now movie star Géza Röhrig as he laments the ‘shallowness’ of the festival

“I think it’s fair to say,” says Géza Röhrig softly, “that we haven’t learned anything from Auschwitz. The cruelty exhibited there exists today against the Kurds and elsewhere. You have a feeling of insecurity about tomorrow. There’s a level of chaos because global powers do not agree on the most minimal consensus.”

Röhrig is the star of Son of Saul, a tense, almost unbearable thriller set in Auschwitz in 1944 among the Sonderkommando – prisoners given a stay of execution to work in the gas chambers. It’s so frank and unflinching, it makes even the finest of previous Holocaust films look crass. “With movies like Schindler’s List, »

- Catherine Shoard

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Emily Blunt 'disappointed' at Cannes high heel reports– video

19 May 2015 9:22 AM, PDT

Speaking at the press conference of her new film Sicaro, Emily Blunt is critical of the Cannes Film Festival's apparent dress code after staff allegedly refused a group of women wearing flat shoes entry to a red carpet screening. She said: 'That's very disappointing, just when you kind of think there are these new waves of equality.' Continue reading »

- Guardian Staff

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Carol: 'People are fascinated by sex in general' – video interviews

19 May 2015 6:25 AM, PDT

The stars of romantic drama Carol, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, as well as director Todd Haynes, talk to Benjamin Lee in Cannes about lesbianism in mainstream film; the fetishisation of female nudity; and how they made Juliet and Juliet. The film, based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Price of Salt is tipped for the Palme d'Or Continue reading »

- Benjamin Lee and Richard Sprenger

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Eddie Izzard in Cannes: 'I wasn’t channelling cat, per se'

18 May 2015 8:02 AM, PDT

The actor and comedian on his feline alter-ego in new animation Rock Dog and what happens to the human soul when you start sending out for Polo mints

Yesterday in Cannes, Eddie Izzard bought some prosciutto. Such shopping is a point of principle, home and abroad.

“I’ve always wanted to be able to go into any corner shop in the world and say: ‘Packet of crisps, please.’ If you lose that, if you’re sending out for Polos, it’s not good. Some of your soul has gone and some of your creativity. That essential spark and hunger. You’ve got to feel joined up with people.”

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- Catherine Shoard

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