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Cannes Review: ‘Atlantique’ Puts a Creative Spin On A Tragic Love Story

Courtesy of The Cannes Film Festival Atlantique, the first feature from director Mati Diop is a cinematic puzzle worth putting together. Move all the pieces to the proper place and discover a clever story with a strong message that will fill its audience with hope. However, getting to the conclusion can be tough. The film starts in Dakar with Souleimane …

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Cannes Review: Xavier Dolan’s ‘Matthias and Maxime’ is an improvement over recent works but still lacks emotional urgency

Gabriel D’Almeida Freitas and Xavier Dolan in Matthias and Maxime (Photo: Shayne Laverdiere) Xavier Dolan’s latest is cluttered, uneven but well-intentioned film about repressed love In his follow-up to a string of negatively received films (It Must Be The End of the World and The Death and Life of John F. Donovan), Xavier Dolan’s latest is a step-up from his …

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Cannes Review: Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood’ is one of his most nuanced, poignant and entertaining films to date

Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) leaps into action in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (Courtesy of The Cannes Film Festival) Quentin Tarantino’s latest is a delicious, subversive and audacious takedown of Hollywood In one of his most nuanced, poignant and entertaining films to date, Quentin Tarantino creates a film that shows Hollywood’s true colors while managing to be entertaining …

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Cannes Review: Ira Sachs’ ‘Frankie’ is pretty, vacant

Isabelle Huppert and Jérémie Renier in Frankie (Image Credit : 2019 Photo Guy Ferrandis / SBS Productions) Ira Sachs’ latest is a hollow yet picturesque film on a decaying star In his follow-up to Little Men, Ira Sachs delivers a picturesque but hollow film that features talky scenes combined with postcard-like scenes of the beautiful town of Sintra in Portugal. …

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Cannes Review: ‘Port Authority’ embraces diverse storytelling but is a reminder there’s a long way to go in terms who gets to tell them

Leyna Bloom as Wye in Port Authority (Courtesy of The Cannes Film Festival) I grew up slightly outside the New York City ball and vogue scene with the likes of legends like Kevin Aviance, Leiomy, Pony Blanik, and Kassandra Ebony. Imagine my excitement when I heard director Danielle Lessovitz new movie Port Authority was competing in Uncertain Regard at Cannes. …

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Cannes Review: Asif Kapadia’s ‘Diego Maradona’ scores as an engrossing doc on the price of fame

Asif Kapadia’s new documentary is an engrossing portrayal of a football legend One of the most interesting documentary filmmakers working today, Asif Kapadia has built quite the name of himself, taking iconic figures in public life and showing audiences their most vulnerable, intimate and private moments that define who they were behind the camera. Whether it’s Ayrton Senna or Amy …

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Cannes Review: ‘The Lighthouse’ Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson go toe to toe in Robert Eggers’ impeccably crafted new film

(Courtesy of The Cannes Film Festival) Robert Eggers follows up The Witch by crafting The Lighthouse, a sublimely nightmarish tale about madness and solitude Few thrillers will draw you in and hypnotize you as much as Robert Eggers’ new film, The Lighthouse. Shot in 35mm black and white and in the classic Academy ratio, it features only two characters wrestling …

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Cannes Review: Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’ is a film for the ages

Image Credit : Iris Productions Terrence Malick’s latest is a magnetic, contemplative and epic film that asks big, timely questions coupled with fantastic technical credits and performances A return to form of some sorts after a couple minor films, A Hidden Life has the same feel as The Tree of Life. Contemplative, sobering, atmospheric and gorgeously shot, this is a …

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