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Review: ‘Booksmart’ is one of the year’s best films

Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein in Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart (Annapurna Pictures) Just when you think you didn’t need another ‘last night of high school before graduation’ movie, Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart comes along and bursts through as one the best, funniest and most heartwarming of them ever made. One of the things Booksmart does so meticulously well is that it mine …

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Cannes Review: ‘And Then We Danced’ is a brave, urgent and revolutionary statement

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival Director Levan Akin confronts Georgia’s (former USSR/Eastern Europe) conservative, moralising, antiquated attitude towards sexual freedom, the masculine tradition and gay love with an aggressive fervour. The structure, tone and central relationship will conjure warranted comparisons to Call Me by Your Name, but this feels timelier and more urgent, trading originality for nuance, specificity, and authenticity. …

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Cannes Review: ‘Rocketman’

Taron Egerton, Bryce Dallas Howard and Richard Madden glam it up in ‘Rocketman‘ Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John biopic is an entertaining if imperfect film with a fantastic performance from Taron Egerton Certain to draw comparisons to worldwide box office smash Bohemian Rhapsody, which won Rami Malek a Best Actor Oscar trophy, Rocketman premiered in Cannes with much anticipation. With lots …

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Cannes Review: ‘Bull’ has good intentions but feels all too familiar

Amber Havard and Rob Morgan in Bull from Annie Silverstein (photo: Cannes Film Festival) First time feature director Annie Silverstein new film Bull, will leave you with thoughts you can’t process right away. Silverstein co-wrote the script with Johnny McAllister with the aim to converge two worlds under a common goal, but the plot handles heavy-handed subject matter in a …

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Review: ‘Her Smell’ is a postmodern masterpiece with an indelible performance by Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss burns up the screen in Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell (photo: Don Stahl) Alex Ross Perry makes films that linger with you long after they’ve ended. Whether it be his quasi-Pynchon adaptation Impolex, the gloriously minimalistic The Color Wheel, the gorgeous Upper West Side epic Golden Exits the hilarious Listen Up Philip or the Cassavetes-inspired psychological thriller Queen of Earth, he has always been …

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Cannes Review: ‘Les Miserables’ is a technical marvel and a breathtaking debut

Les Misérables (photo credit: SRAB Films – Rectangle Productions – Lyly films) Ladj Ly’s supremely confident debut feature recalls the bitingly fierce critical voice of Victor Hugo’s classic novel, transplanting it into the estates and housing blocks of post-World Cup Paris. Set within the ‘93 district’ of Seine-Saint-Denis – a world predominantly inhabited by poor people of colour – Les …

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Cannes Review: ‘Bacurau’

Bacurau (Photo: Victor Jucá) For Juliano Dornelles and Kleber Mendonça Filho, Bacurau is a step down from Filho’s masterful Aquarius and a middling political epic that doesn’t fully land. In 2016, Kleber Mendonça Filho impressed the Croisette with Aquarius, a socio-political film about the beautiful resilience of Brazilian people in the face of tyranny, injustice and fraud. With Bacurau, a …

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Cannes Review take 2: ‘The Dead Don’t Die’

Tilda Swinton in The Dead Don’t Die (photo courtesy of Cannes Film Festival) Jim Jarmusch’s most commercial film to date marks a departure for the director but also doesn’t offer a memorable viewing experience. Some directors like to have fun – and there’s no problem with that. After several artsy films, Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die, this year’s opening …

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