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Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender And Marion Cotillard

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Brooding, dense and consistently magnificent to an almost self-defeating degree, Justin Kurzel's "Macbeth" is a bloody, muddy, mighty adaptation of one of Shakespeare's mightiest plays. Kurzel whose only previous film, the excellent but confined "Snowtown" could have given us no real idea that he was capable of such tectonic gravitas, does not offer a reinterpretation of the text so much as a head-first plunge into its depths, dredging up whole chunks of Shakespeare's verse and raising them aloft like he's ripping the beating heart from a mastodon. The words are honored almost as written, but the images, which must surely see "True Detective" cinematographer Adam Arkapaw come barrelling into the awards race, are where Kurzel tells the story, and are where he makes his most significant and inventive decisions. Aided by intensely committed performances from a uniformly brilliant cast all fielding Scottish accents, Kurzel's genius is to be able to find. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Watch: Johnny Depp Turns Cold-Blooded Mob Boss In The New Trailer For Crime Drama ‘Black Mass’

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Did Johnny Depp show up to play this time? Depp career direction these days seems to be the opposite of his daring and quixotic choices in the halcyon years when he was working with Tim Burton one day (“Ed Wood”), Emir Kuristica (“Arizona Dream”) the next and Jim Jarmusch (“Dead Man”) the following day. Now the actor’s career seems to be dictated by what his audience wants and or the bundles of cash they send his way after starring in the umpteenth ‘Pirates’ movie. Could this all change with the crime drama “Black Mass” which looks like it could even be fall film contender? Already demonstrating some ‘Godfather’-ish tones in its early photos and the trailer, in “Black Mass,” Depp puts vanity away and stars as a cold-blooded and infamous true-life mob boss from Boston. Here’s the official synopsis: In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Cannes Review: Guillaume Nicloux's 'Valley Of Love' Starring Isabelle Huppert & Gérard Depardieu

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There are a few contenders out there for the biggest French star in the world. Vincent Cassel and Mathieu Amalric have enduring international appeal, Juliette Binoche is an auteurist favorite, and a new generation of actors like Jean Dujardin, Lea Seydoux, and Omar Sy are increasingly having as much success in the U.S. as they are at home. But if we're talking about cinematic legends — truly prolific, popular actors — the safest bets might be Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu. Across decades-long careers, the two actors have earned enormous acclaim, won virtually every prize available, and had every A-list director around the world lining up to work with them. They've only worked together twice, however, in 1974's "Going Places" and 1980's "Loulou," which makes their reunion 30 years on in Cannes competition entry "Valley Of Love" a major event. In the latest from director Guillaume Nicloux ("The »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Michael Fassbender And Marion Cotillard In New Pics From The Scottish Film 'Macbeth'

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What new spin could possibly be put on "Macbeth," arguably Shakespeare's best known play? Well, Michael Fassbender reveals an interesting notion that certainly adds texture and dimension to the oft told tale. "[War] was probably more horrific in Macbeth’s days, when they were killing with bare hands and driving a blade through bodies," he told the Daily Mail, going on to elaborate about his title role. "He returns, after being away fighting, and sees that his relationship with his wife has broken down. They lost a child and there wasn’t time for them to grieve....[and] the doorway has been opened to darkness and violence." Read More: Michael Fassbender And Marion Cotillard Go To War In First Two 'Macbeth' Clips That's a rather fascinating way to approach it, and it's also informative, suggesting Justin Kurzel's movie won't just be the 'Fury Road' of Bard adaptations. Earlier today, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cannes Directors’ Fortnight Winners Include Arnaud Desplechin's 'My Golden Days' & More

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And just like that, the festivities on the Croisette are winding down this weekend. The Cannes Film Festival proper will hand out their awards tomorrow, but first is the Cannes Directors' Fortnight, and today the jury has honored what they feel is the best of the fest, and certainly our critics can't argue.  Ciro Guerra's "Embrace Of The Serpent" took the Art Cinema Award. Jessica Kiang was bewitched by this one, calling it in her review, "a work of art, and one of the most singular cinematic experiences you could hope to have in Cannes, or anywhere really." What else is there to say? Read More: Check Out All Of Our Cannes 2015 Coverage Here Meanwhile, Arnaud Desplechin's "My Golden Days" landed the Sacd Prize. Oliver Lyttelton was taken by the director's latest, writing in his review that though it tracks familiar narrative territory, "it's written, shot, cut, and performed with such palpable joy, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Ricki And The Flash’ Will Feature Original Songs By Jenny Lewis & Johnathan Rice, Eminem Producing ‘Southpaw’ Soundtrack

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Meryl Streep, Jonathan Demme, and Diablo Cody are an unlikely triad, but here we are with the upcoming dramedy “Ricki And The Flash," written by Cody, directed by Demme, and starring Streep. The movie centers on an aging rock star (Streep) who gave up her family years ago to become famous. Decades later, she tries to get them back with disastrous results. When you think of it as a movie about damaged people, perhaps Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married” actually makes him the perfect filmmaker for the movie. And fun fact, the movie’s based on Diablo Cody’s real life: Her mother-in-law is also an aging rocker and their family dynamic is similar. "Rock 'n’ roll is her life,” Cody told told Yahoo recently. “I think there’ve been people in her life who’ve thought it was kind of a silly thing for a mom or grandmother to »

- Edward Davis

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Lionsgate Plots 'Now You See Me 3,' Says 'Power Rangers' Will Be A Series Of Movies

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As one of the few people who sorta guiltily enjoyed "Now You See Me," I certainly didn't ask for sequel. But that's just what's happening next summer with "Now You See Me: The Second Act." Lionsgate is so certain that audiences will enjoy the magician heist follow-up, they're already plotting a third entry. During a conference call with analysts, CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed, "We’ve already begun early planning for ‘Now You See Me 3.'" That seems like a simpler way of saying, "If the second movie does well, we'll have everything in place to roll with a third," and given the surprise success of the first movie, it's probably a good idea. But whether 'You See' was a one hit wonder or something with viable franchise legs, we'll just have to wait and see. But in case anyone at the studio is reading, here's my proposed title for next movie: "Now You 3 Me. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Amy Schumer To Star In Mother/Daughter Action Comedy Produced By Paul Feig

17 hours ago

It would probably be incorrect to call Amy Schumer comedy's next great talent, because she already is one. She has already conquered stage and television, the latter medium thanks to the hit "Inside Amy Schumer," and this summer she tests her movie wings with Judd Apatow's "Trainwreck." But confidence around Hollywood is strong as she's got another high concept vehicle in the works. THR reports that Schumer will write and star in a mother/daughter action comedy movie for Fox. Paul Feig will produce the film that apparently is in the same spirit as his movie "The Heat," and perhaps that's not surprise, considering screenwriter Katie Dippold penned this first draft of this new project. She'll stay on as a producer, while Schumer and her sister, Kim Caramele, rewrite the script that apparently involves a vacation gone wrong. Read More: SXSW Review: Judd Apatow's 'Trainwreck' With Amy Schumer, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cannes Review: 'Hitchcock/Truffaut' Is An Enjoyable Appendix To An Essential Book

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Representing an event horizon of cinephiliac homage, Kent Jones' "Hitchcock/Truffaut" is a documentary celebrating a celebrated book written by a celebrated director about a celebrated director, and so is surely cause for celebration. Narrated by Bob Balaban, and featuring interviews with a somewhat arbitrary selection of famous directors including David Fincher, Paul Schrader, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Peter Bogdanovich, Wes Anderson, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Arnaud Desplechin, Richard Linklater and Martin Scorsese (with whom Jones directed 2010's "Letter to Elia"), the film is a fond, well-researched companion piece to a volume as close to any a cineaste's bible. But while Jones uses snippets from the original recordings of that epochal 8-day interview between the two men, so we get Hitch's real voice saying  "Actors are cattle" or "Logic is dull" or worrying that trying to be more experimental might be like "Mondrian painting a »

- Jessica Kiang

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Watch: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin & Benicio Del Toro Team Up In First Clip For Denis Villeneueve’s 'Sicario'

17 hours ago

You could sort of say we’re on his jock and we wouldn’t argue much. This is because French Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve has been non-stop killing it in recent years and he’s the kind of filmmaker we love because he uses genre as a Trojan Horse to explore the heart and soul of mankind. He’s a thinking man’s filmmaker and it shows in his work. The searing drama “Incendies” earned him a Foreign Language Academy Award nomination, “Enemy” with Jake Gyllenhaal was a nightmarish existentialist thriller, and “Prisoners” with Gyllenhaal again and Hugh Jackman was a bruising crime procedural. Since then, everyone wants to work with Villeneuve cause they’ve also seen the work and noticed he’s the real deal. Read More: Roger Deakins To Shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' Sequel. He’s already bagged the coveted director’s chair for the “Blade Runner” sequel, »

- Edward Davis

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Review: Gil Kenan's 'Poltergeist' Remake Starring Sam Rockwell & Rosemarie DeWitt

18 hours ago

Mostly a cautionary tale about the necessity of seller’s disclosures when purchasing an older home, Gil Kenan’s new take on the “Poltergeist” mythos borrows liberally from the classic Tobe Hooper film to revisit the story of a family, a house, and the closet-set portal that upends their lives, with limited results. Although the horror offering puts a nice twist on the family dynamics at play and adding in a backstory that helps frame the entire narrative, the feature eventually dissolves into shoddy CGI and a flaccid third act that comes up short not only when it’s compared to the original feature, but the genre in general. There are some chills to be had here, but they taper out exactly when the action should really be ratcheting up, and the film’s tension burns out so quickly that it might as well have been sucked into an inter-dimensional portal of its own. »

- Kate Erbland

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First Look: Jonah Hill And Miles Teller In Todd Phillips' 'Arms And The Dudes'

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Todd Phillips knows dudes, so it was probably only a matter of time until the word actually landed in one of his movie titles. And so it goes for his upcoming "Arms And The Dudes," another story of bros getting in way over their heads, except in this case, it's all based on true events. Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star in the movie based on Guy Lawson's Rolling Stone article (read it right here) that follows 25-year-old David Packouz and 21-year-old Efraim Diveroli, who scored a $300 million Pentagon contract to arm allies in Afghanistan, taking them on a journey through the absurd and political world of international arms trafficking that would end up with the duo being busted for fraud. Bradley Cooper is one of the producer's on the movie, and the images suggest something slightly more serious than we're used to from the filmmaker. Read More: Todd Phillips »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Julien Temple’s Kinks Biopic Finally On The Way, Johnny Flynn & Juno Temple Join The Cast

19 hours ago

If you had to distill the 1960s British Invasion to its key and core seminal rock and roll bands—the ones that really lasted, the ones that endured and joined the all-time-great pantheon—you pretty much land on The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who (there’s lots of sub-bands that get footnote mentions like The Animals, Herman’s Hermits and The Zombies the latter of which are super excellent, but that’s another story). But one rock band left outside that triumvirate who are arguably just as good, and perhaps even have a more consistent body of work for their formative years is The Kinks. Formed by brothers Ray and Dave Davies, brilliant pop song writers notorious for their acrimonious relationship while rhythm section Mick Avory and Pete Quaife looked on in dismay, The Kinks have several seminal pop records to their name, The Kinks Are the Village »

- Edward Davis

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Cannes Review: Radu Muntean's Minimalist 'One Floor Below'

19 hours ago

The Romanian New Wave ain't so new anymore, being roughly as old as the current century. Its key directors, like Cristi Puiu, Cristian Mungiu and Corneliu Porumboiu have become established figures on the festival and arthouse circuit and between them have largely cleaved to the movement's distinctive principles and aesthetic: an unadorned, unromantic, realist sensibility applied to stories of social relevance and critique. Radu Muntean is one of that vanguard, with his last film "Tuesday After Christmas," which describes in minute domestic detail the quandary of a family man engaged in an affair, achieving probably his highest level of international acclaim and nabbing a slot in the 2010 Un Certain Regard selection. 'Tuesday' was a very fine film, playing to the strengths of the New Wave approach by delivering a simple, but immediate version of a familiar love triangle story as lived in banal detail by ordinary people. His follow up, »

- Jessica Kiang

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First Look: Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks And More In 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp'

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This summer, the gang is getting back together, and no, we're not talking about the dudes in "Entourage." Fourteen years later after "Wet Hot American Summer," Netflix is home for all the players to return (and more) in the series "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp," and today comes the first official images for the followup.  Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, David Hyde Pierce, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Ad Miles, Christopher Meloni , Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Chris Pine, and David Hyde Pierce are all part of the star-studded ensemble for this movie which actually takes place two months before the events in the movie. And writer/creator David Wain shared how the new eight-part show will expand the story. “For us, the original move was about »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973

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While we can sit back decades later and see "The Exorcist" as the horror landmark that it is, it's easy to forget that in 1973 it was a controversial sensation. William Friedkin's movie got a mixed reception from critics, but soon became a must-see cinema experience, genuinely scaring moviegoers in a way that films hadn't before. For instance, you get a real understanding of the overwhelming power of Friedkin's film once you witness shellshocked viewers coming out of the movie that year, which you can do yourself, below.  Av Club has dug up some fantastic vintage footage from 1973 news broadcasts featuring interviews with people who had just seen the movie, theater owners (some of whom had smelling salts on hand for those who passed out), and interviews witih Friedkin and author William Peter Blatty. It's truly eye-opening stuff. Viewers recall the most hair-raising scenes, and some of them can't even »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Supercut Tribute To The Films Of Brad Bird

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It might seem a bit premature for Brad Bird to be given the supercut tribute treatment, considering he's only directed five feature films, but his track record so far is very impressive. He's got three contemporary animated classics under his belt with "The Iron Giant," "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille." He's also managed to take the "Mission: Impossible" franchise to new heights (literally, the Burj Khalifa sequence is one of the finest moments of the series) with "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol." And while he's made his first misfire with "Tomorrowland" (our review), it's worth remembering that until this point, Bird has been knocking it out of the park. Joel Walden has put together this video tribute and it's pretty slick, well done stuff. Matching cuts from movie to movie, this is a quick run through Bird's movies in just a couple of minutes capturing the spirit, wonder and humor infused in his work. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Kathleen Kennedy's Great Story About How J.J. Abrams And Matt Reeves Met Steven Spielberg As Teenagers

21 hours ago

With the impending arrival "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the months ahead will feature lots of reminiscences about the first time various show business big shots encountered the franchise or what the characters and films meant to so many childhoods. But no one will have J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves beat when it comes a tale of happenstance that changed their lives, starting them on the path that would lead their career's as filmmakers and see one of them get a chance to direct a bona fide 'Star Wars' movie.  Chatting with Vanity Fair, producer Kathleen Kennedy shared the great story about how Abrams and Reeves first crossed her path decades ago, and met Steven Spielberg, thanks to a dusty box found in a basement in Arizona. Read on.... It was funny. I was working with Steven, and I got a phone call one day. And this »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'World War Z' Sequel Sets Summer 2017 Release Date

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While the tortured creation of "World War Z" —which involved battles between the film's star Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster, budget overruns and extensive reshoots— will never be forgotten, Paramount were blessed with a happy ending to that story. The zombie blockbuster earned a whopping $540 million worldwide, proving that this was a newly minted franchise. While development on a followup has been moving in fits and starts, it looks like production will soon be steadily lurching forward. Variety reports that the studio has pegged the "World War Z" sequel to hit cinemas on June 9, 2017. As previously reported, J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”) will direct with Steven Knight ("Locke," "Eastern Promises") penning the script. But what's interesting to note is that Fox's sequel to "Fantastic Four" is also due the same day, so we'll see if they blink and move their superhero picture. But we'd wager the studio wants to know how. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cannes Review: ‘The Little Prince’ Is A Visually Glorious And Extremely Moving Adaptation Of The Children's Classic

22 hours ago

Since its 1943 publication, the novella “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery has become a children’s classic the world over. The tale of a downed aviator who meets a small monarch who lives on an asteroid and fell in love with a rose is universally beloved, but the strange, semi-allegorical nature of the book means that a truly satisfying screen translation has never been made (Stanley Donen’s 1974 musical version is perhaps the best known). This new animated feature is intended to be the definitive film rendition. Made with French money by Canadian animators, directed by American helmer Mark Osborne (“Kung Fu Panda”), and featuring a glittering cast of voice actors, it's not quite successful enough to succeed on the that score, but it’s still a visually glorious, extremely moving film that proves that top-grade animated fare doesn’t just come from the U.S. or Japan. After »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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