Cannes Film Festival Winners Include Xavier Dolan, Olivier Assayas, and Asghar Farhadi

The Cannes Film Festival handed out their awards this weekend.  We’ll be having a follow-up piece to assess the Oscar chances.  Look for that later today. Palme d’Or I, Daniel Blake, dir: Ken Loach Grand Prize Xavier Dolan, It’s Only The End Of The World Best Director TIE Cristian Mungiu, Graduation Olivier Assayas, Personal Shopper […]


Sony Pictures Classics Soars on the Croisette with ‘Toni Erdmann’, ‘Julieta’ and More

NEW YORK – Sony Pictures Classics has once again been a prevalent force in Cannes with their four highly critically acclaimed films, topped off by winning two awards last night.  This kicks off what promises to be an exciting year ahead for the company, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. TONI ERDMANN won the Fipresci Competition Award, the […]


Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Cannes Hit ‘Toni Erdmann’

NEW YORK (May 15, 2016) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in North America and Latin America to TONI ERDMANN.  The German film, written and directed by Maren Ade, screened “In Competition” yesterday at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to great critical acclaim. The film stars Peter Simonischek and Sandra […]


Cannes Review Round-Up: ‘The BFG’ Lands But Not With the Big Thud It Intended

At the Cannes Film Festival today, Steven Spielberg‘s highly anticipated “The BFG” premiered, and the early word seems to be mixed. From an awards standpoint, we were looking for this to possibly run the gauntlet in some of the technical races like Visual Effects, Cinematography, and even perhaps Score by 50-time nominee John Williams.  With […]


Robert De Niro’s ‘Hands of Stone’ Gets Special Cannes Screening

In a tribute to Robert De Niro, the Cannes Film Festival announced today that it would present a special screening of De Niro’s upcoming film “Hands of Stone.” Per, the film, which is directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz and produced and distributed by The Weinstein Co., follows the life of Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez), the […]

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Sam Mendes to Preside Over Venice Film Festival Jury

Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes has been tapped to preside over the jury for the 73rd Venice Film Festival, it was announced today. Mendes, who won best director for his 1999 film “American Beauty,” was chosen by the Biennale di Venezia board of directors on recommendation by Festival Director Alberto Barbera. His duties will include […]


Tribeca Film Review: Dean (★★★½)

Comedian Demetri Martin has tried his hand at acting before, but not only does his debut filmmaking feature Dean show a whole new side of him in that regard, it also puts him forward as a writer and director well worth watching. This is an accomplished, funny, and surprisingly emotional dramedy that sneaks up on […]

Cannes Film Festival Announces Full Jury, Including Kirsten Dunst and Donald Sutherland

The Cannes Film Festival has announced who is joining president George Miller on the jury for the festival, which runs from May 11-22 in France. The following people have been chosen: Arnaud Desplechin (Director, Writer – France) Kirsten Dunst (Actress– United States) Valeria Golino (Actress, Director, Writer, Producer – Italia) Mads Mikkelsen (Actor – Denmark) […]

Tribeca Film Review: High-Rise (★★)

There’s no lack of ambition to be found in Ben Wheatley‘s new project High-Rise, but unfortunately, there isn’t any subtlety either. One of my bigger disappointments this year at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, this is an allegorical drama that just seems way too jumbled. Perhaps there’s something lost in the translation from book to […]

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69th Cannes International Film Festival Lineup Announced

The full lineup for the 69th Cannes International Film Festival was announced this morning in Paris. Steven Spielberg, Jodie Foster, Shane Black, Woody Allen, Sean Penn, Jeff Nichols, Pedro Almodovar, Xavier Dolan, the Dardenne brothers and Paul Verhoeven are just some of the directors who have films showing at the festival. In the out of […]

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Woody Allen’s ‘Café Society’ to Open 2016 Cannes Film Festival

Woody Allen’s latest, “Café Society,” will open the 69th Festival International du Film de Cannes on May 11, it was announced today. The move marks the third time one of Allen’s films has opened the famous French film fest, a festival record. It is also Allen’s fourteenth film to show at Cannes in the Out […]