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Cannes Review: Jonas Carpignano Topical, Intelligent, Empathetic 'Mediterranea'

45 minutes ago

An authentic, understated debut jabbed with urgency by the acute timeliness of its subject matter, Jonas Carpignano's "Mediterranea" is a compelling slice of social-issues cinema that makes very few compromises until the slight letdown of a mid-air ending. For the most part an assured film, confident in both the drama and the truth of the scenario it observes, this ground-level view of the immigrant experience feels both pinpoint specific and all too representative of the obstacles and attitudes that face so many illegals, in so many parts of the world. Informed by a kind of observational humanism, Carpignano neither sanctifies his characters nor simplifies their situations. In fact, the filmmaker's eye is of the respectful, intelligent and well-informed outsider — an embedded observer, rather than a participant — but just as he clearly cares a great deal about the issues the film raises, he seems to have  faith that the audience will care too, »

- Jessica Kiang

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Over 30 New 'Jurassic World' Photos, Plus 2 New Clips & Lots Of New TV Spots

1 hour ago

You can be damned if you do and damned if you don’t and the narrative shifts to whatever convenient place it needs to go. When reports of trouble surfaced about “Fantastic Four” a few weeks back, the general online consensus was, “well this is what happens when you give an inexperienced director [Josh Trank] a big tentpole.” And while that remains to be seen (nobody has watched the actual movie yet), what is clear is that Hollywood is investing in young filmmakers for big blockbusters regardless of their “inexperience.” After the low-budget "Monsters", Gareth Edwards got called up to the big leagues to helm "Godzilla," and indie directors like Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Justin Kurzel and many more are developing their blockbuster-size projects (we did an entire feature about indie directors who could be the next generation of blockbuster filmmakers and you can read that here). Read More: 10 Indie Directors Who Could Be The Next Generation Of. »

- Edward Davis

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Cannes Review: The Afterlife Is Deathly Dull In Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 'Journey To The Shore'

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The word "boring" is a problematic one in the context of a film review. It is automatically dismissive, inherently disdainful and wholly disrespectful of the simple fact that there are as many valid responses to the same artwork as there are food preparation scenes in modern Japanese cinema. And it usually says much more about the limited capabilities of the reviewer than it does about the film. But Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Journey to the Shore" which played in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes tests to its very limit my resolve to not use that sneering, thoughtless term in any review, ever, by delivering its glacially paced, maddeningly abstruse, blandly shot and simperingly scored story in such deadening detail. Can I state definitively that "Journey to the Shore" is boring? No, but I can say I was bored by it, stiffer than a corpse at the height of rigor mortis. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Josh Trank Denies 'Fantastic Four' Reshoot Rumors

2 hours ago

At this point, Josh Trank probably feels like he just wants "Fantastic Four" to get released so he can go and hide for a bit. It hasn't been the easiest ride for the filmmaker on his first blockbuster studio movie. The project has been plagued with reports of production troubles, and earlier this month, it was reported that he was fired from the "Star Wars" spinoff movie slated for 2018 due to his erratic behavior on "Fantastic Four" (Simon Kinberg is a producer on both pictures). The latest rumor to make the rounds is that Matthew Vaughn stepped in to helm the latest batch of reshoots last month and that Fox had ditched a 3D release of the movie to put their resources toward that new round of filming. Not so. Josh Trank himself took to Twitter to reveal that he's never met Matthew Vaughn (though the the filmmaker has been »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Matt Damon Goes Interstellar Again In New Pics From Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'

3 hours ago

"Any survival story is fascinating. I think of it as a 21st century Robinson Crusoe,” Ridley Scott tells Empire about his upcoming "The Martian." But frankly, putting this cast in any kind of movie would have our attention. Matt DamonJeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel EjioforKate Mara, Michael PeñaMackenzie DavisSean BeanDonald Glover and Naomi Scott make up the ensemble of this one, and following the first look over the weekend, another batch has arrived. The latest go at sci-fi from Scott is based on the book by Andy Weir, with a script penned by Drew Goddard (“Daredevil,” “The Cabin In The Woods”). The story follows an astronaut who is left stranded on a Martian colony and struggles to survive, while back on Earth, Nasa tries to mount a rescue mission. It seems Damon has trouble being left alone on distant planets in sci-fi movies these days. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Recap: 'Game of Thrones' Season 5, Episode 7 Has A 'Gift' For You

3 hours ago

Following last week’s bombshell final scene, this week’s “Game of Thrones” ("The Gift") was always going to be in a tricky situation. On the one hand, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have established the world as one that is just always going to be filled with horrible sexual violence, where murder and/or assault happen at nearly every single wedding (they and George must have some strong feelings about the institution of marriage). On the other hand, it’s so obvious that rape has become this storytelling crutch for them, this thing that they lean on to show deep, deep evil, or motivate female rage, bitterness, power. But it's such a loaded device, and they play very fast and loose with it, pretty irresponsibly at times. It’s very confusing and complicated to suss out without seeing the whole season and how it’s going to tie together. »

- Katie Walsh

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