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Matt Ross’ second feature Captain Fantastic already premiered at Sundance earlier this year and secured itself a slot in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes, where Matt Ross received the award for Best Director. It stars Viggo Mortensen as a counter-culture dad who raises his six children off the grid in the woodlands somewhere in the Pacific Northwest…

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Hevn, the first feature by Norwegian female filmmaker Kjersti G. Steinsbo, is a subtitled enticing female revenge story and psychological thriller. After losing her younger sister to suicide following a rape at a party twenty years earlier, Andrea (Siren Jørgensen) becomes obsessed with exposing and …

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One billion dollars. That’s how much Tim Burton’s (Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, Batman) CGI-drenched, 3D (post-converted) adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland made six years ago at the international box office. But for various reasons – Burton and star Johnny Depp’s respective schedules…

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David Mackenzie’s feature Hell or High Water played in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival and is a wonderful mix of different genres such as the Western, a heist movie and a road movie with comedic elements. The dark and witty screenplay was written by Taylor Sheridan, who also wrote the critically acclaimed thriller Sicario (selected for…

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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is one of the savvier blockbuster sequels you’re likely to see this year, since the filmmakers are not only building the franchise, but charting cultural progress. Yes, “sorority” is baked right into the title, but Neighbors 2 isn’t just about situating college chicks as the villains in …

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Xavier Dolan seems to be among Cannes’ favorite filmmakers. He debuted five out of six features in Cannes and shared the Jury Prize for his previous film Mommy in 2014 with Jean-Luc Godard’s film Goodbye to Language. In 2015 he was part of the Jury of the Official Competition and won the Grand Prix and the Ecumenical Jury Prize at this year’s festival for his…

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The Wonder Years: Season Five (Time Life) continues the story of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) growing up in the late 1960s. This season, Kevin enters McKinley High School, tries out for the soccer team, works part time at a hardware store, and gets his driver’s license. He and Winnie (Danica McKellar) are dating other people. Best pal Paul (Josh Saviano) spends an unforgettable evening …

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The Wrong Man (Warner Archive) features a favorite theme of director Alfred Hitchcock — an innocent man drawn into circumstances that threaten his well being. Manny Balestrero (Henry Fonda) is a nightclub bass player and family man by day. When he enters a loan office, he is accused of robbery. Evidence against him is circumstantial, and a long investigation follows. Manny is …

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