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Dheepan, film review: Palme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head

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The Palme d’Or was awarded to Jacques Audiard for his film that sees a Tamil Tiger use the know-how he picked up from fighting the Sri Lankan Civil War to survive the hardships and difficulties faced by immigrants living in the suburbs of Paris. Dheepan is a radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head, and takes a faceless immigrant coming from a war barely covered in the media and turns him into a Travis Bickle-type anti-hero. »

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Brad Bird interview: The director on his love for hand-drawn dogs, misunderstanding the B52s, and turning down Star Wars

23 May 2015 4:00 PM, PDT

I work in a medium that's constantly either telling you you're worthless or genius My career has had a lot of ups and downs, but I have learnt to hang in there. When I started out [working as an animator on Disney's The Fox and the Hound, in 1981], for a long time people treated me as if I was insignificant, and I had to ignore it the same way I ignored people when they later started praising me too much. »

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Poltergeist 3D, film review: There's plenty of tension in this classic horror remake

21 May 2015 4:00 PM, PDT

This is a thoroughly satisfactory rebooting of the 1982 horror classic. The director, Gil Kenan, has delivered a film that is intermittently very frightening indeed but also one that has humour and riotous energy, and pays plenty of attention to character. The new Poltergeist is one of the few horror movies written by a Pulitzer Prize-winner (David Lindsay-Abaire, the playwright behind Rabbit Hole), perhaps one reason why it is so much smarter than most recent teen-horror pics. »

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The New Girlfriend, film review: Sexuality, transvestism and middle-class hypocrisy

21 May 2015 4:00 PM, PDT

The prolific François Ozon's latest feature is so Gallic in tone that it comes as a surprise to learn it is actually adapted from a Ruth Rendell story. The New Girlfriend begins superbly. It is not just the visual inventiveness that impresses but the sheer narrative economy. In a matter of only minutes, we've had a funeral of a beautiful woman followed by flashbacks which give us the entire history of her life. Her grief-stricken husband (Romain Duris) and her best friend Claire (Anaïs Demoustier) react in a very surprising way to her death. »

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Tomorrowland: A World Beyond, film review: A future so bright, it needs some shade

21 May 2015 2:00 PM, PDT

Tomorrowland is a big-hearted film, a Disney-financed sci-fi blockbuster that, like Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, can be read as an eco-parable. It fuses Mouseketeer-style whimsy with extreme portentousness. With scenes of rocket-fuelled baths and hidden spaceships inside the Eiffel Tower, robotic villains and occasional moments of bleakness, the film plays at times like a cross between Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Blade Runner. »

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Love, Cannes film review: Visceral brilliance sets Gasper Noé drama apart from standard porn

21 May 2015 9:17 AM, PDT

Love was the hot ticket in Cannes, both in terms of the massive scrum trying to get into the midnight screening, and the explicit poster, which promised hardcore sex and lots of it. All in 3D. It is directed by Gasper Noé, the French director famous for transgressive movies like the ultra-violent Seul Contre Tous and Irreversible, which featured a graphic 9-minute rape scene.  »

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Ana Lily Amirpour has created a completely new film genre - the Iranian Vampire Western

20 May 2015 3:00 PM, PDT

The hippest young director working in film today was born in Margate. Ana Lily Amirpour wowed Sundance with her debut A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, which made her one of the most sought-after directors in the world. Actors clamoured to be in her second film, The Bad Batch, which is currently shooting and stars Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey. »

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Youth, Cannes film review: Michael Caine stakes his claim to an Oscar with the best film so far at the festival

20 May 2015 11:46 AM, PDT

Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel star in this beautiful ode to music and cinema. They play friends of 60 years standing, who are enjoying a stay at a hotel in the foothills of the Alps. Retired composer Fred Ballinger (Caine) and film director Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) discuss old flames, their children, and the activities of the assortment of guests holidaying in Switzerland. »

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Moomins on the Riviera: How Tove Jansson's creations beguiled the planet

19 May 2015 11:09 AM, PDT

Beyond nostalgic veterans of old Fleet Street, not many readers will have a clear memory of the Evening News: the London afternoon daily that, in 1980, merged with its rival the Evening Standard. This week, though, the millions of fans who cherish one of the best-beloved of all fictional families have good reason to salute this defunct paper – a judgment I would defend even if I weren't sitting in the office that The Independent shares with the Evening News's heir. »

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Carol, Cannes review: Cate Blanchett is striking in impressive lesbian melodrama

18 May 2015 1:07 AM, PDT

In what has been a very patchy Cannes competition so far, Todd HaynesCarol comes as a relief. Many of the films showing in the festival have been duds and Gus Van Sant’s Sea Of Trees, booed at its press screening, scored a 12 year low in trade magazine Screen International’s critic reviews poll. Haynes’ new film, though, is an impressive piece of work, a lesbian melodrama which is probing, thoughtful and finally very moving. »

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