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Is it finally Pedro Almodóvar’s year at Cannes? Is it finally Pedro Almodóvar’s year at Cannes?

Pedro Almodóvar has never won the top prize at Cannes. That could change in a few days. Pain And Glory (Grade: B) is far from his best movie—it lacks both the mad energy of his early countercultural work and the ravishing melodramatic pleasures of the critical darlings from his prestige period (including All About My…

Postwar drama and an unnerving spin on a sci-fi classic are the highlights of Cannes so far Postwar drama and an unnerving spin on a sci-fi classic are the highlights of Cannes so far

One of the prevailing ironies of Cannes is that while the films that win prizes here (see the work of Loach, first name Ken) are often urgent pleas for equality, the festival itself runs on rigid hierarchy. There is, for one, the whole badge system, which divides the thousands invited to attend every year into…

More zombies, and a new downer from a past Cannes winner, at this apocalyptic festival by the sea More zombies, and a new downer from a past Cannes winner, at this apocalyptic festival by the sea

“This isn’t going to end well,” Adam Driver remarks a few times in The Dead Don’t Die. Three days after opening Cannes, Jim Jarmusch’s underwhelming zom-com has itself stubbornly refused to die, its general philosophy—a consuming pessimism about our here and now—spreading across the festival like a virus. Driver’s…

John Carpenter looms over a day of madness and violence at Cannes John Carpenter looms over a day of madness and violence at Cannes

Of the three film festivals that happen at the same time as Cannes in Cannes, Quinzaine (or Directors’ Fortnight) is the one that comes closest to rivaling the main one in prestige, importance, and quality of selections. Two days in, it’s too early to say how this year’s Fortnight will measure up to this year’s…

Jim Jarmusch opens Cannes with a DOA zombie comedy for the Trump age Jim Jarmusch opens Cannes with a DOA zombie comedy for the Trump age

The Cannes Film Festival opened tonight with a zombie movie, and I can’t be the only American in attendance who felt very seen. Not just because the film itself was American—that’s frequently the case on opening night of the world’s most prestigious film festival, which tends to commence with a burst of pure star…

Joanna Hogg’s gorgeous The Souvenir looks at a bad romance through the fog of memory Joanna Hogg’s gorgeous The Souvenir looks at a bad romance through the fog of memory

It’s over the course of a single conversation that Julie, the twentysomething protagonist of Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, learns that film school is a crock, and also that her boyfriend is a drug addict. Both bombshells come courtesy of pompous artist Patrick (Richard Ayoade), who drops them casually, and in quick…

5 new releases we love: Roaring power-pop, AI collaborations, and more 5 new releases we love: Roaring power-pop, AI collaborations, and more

There’s a lot of music out there. To help you cut through all the noise, every week The A.V. Club is rounding up A-Sides, five recent releases we think are worth your time. You can listen to these and more on Spotify.

Zac Efron's Ted Bundy movie is an interesting, ambitious misfire Zac Efron's Ted Bundy movie is an interesting, ambitious misfire

You could make a very violent, extreme, sensationalistic movie about Ted Bundy, notorious rapist and serial killer. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile is not that movie. Named for remarks made by the judge who sentenced Bundy to death in 1979, the film takes a provocatively unintuitive approach to its…

Seth Rogen woos Charlize Theron in the half-assed political rom-com Long Shot Seth Rogen woos Charlize Theron in the half-assed political rom-com Long Shot

Seth Rogen rose to fame through a Cinderella story for the modern American schlub. The poster for Knocked Up made him the butt of the joke: “What if this guy got you pregnant?” it asked over a headshot of the actor, looking young, dumb, and dazed. We were meant to chuckle at the supposed implausibility of the premise,…

Game Of Thrones fights ice with fire on a dark and terrifying "Long Night"

If last week was the calm before the storm on Game Of Thrones, then this week’s episode, “The Long Night,” was both the storm itself and its eerily still eye. As this week’s special guest, film editor A.A. Dowd, points out, for all of its chaotic, borderline incoherent battle scenes, “The Long Night” also had some…

Catch Alien and some really good Sundance movies at this year’s Chicago Critics Film Festival Catch Alien and some really good Sundance movies at this year’s Chicago Critics Film Festival

Fluctuating temperatures be damned, the summer movie season is unofficially upon us. The next four months will be a nonstop flurry of costumed heroes, cool cops, talking toys, talking animals, capering comedians, rampaging kaiju, and scary stories to tell in the dark. It’s going to be a lot, honestly, and by the dog…

Ready to talk about Endgame and all the stuff we couldn’t spoil in our review? Ready to talk about Endgame and all the stuff we couldn’t spoil in our review?

Spoiler Space offers thoughts on, and a place to discuss, the plot points we can’t disclose in our official reviews. Fair warning: Major plot points for Avengers: Endgame are revealed below.

Marvel’s grand Avengers experiment reaches its fun, uneven, sci-fi tearjerker Endgame Marvel’s grand Avengers experiment reaches its fun, uneven, sci-fi tearjerker Endgame

Note: This review contains minor plot revelations for Avengers: Endgame. It also contains major spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War. For thoughts on, and a place to discuss, plot details we can’t reveal in this review, visit Avengers: Endgame’s Spoiler Space.

Yes, the ending of Infinity War is brutal—but so is the beginning Yes, the ending of Infinity War is brutal—but so is the beginning

The obvious scene to highlight from last summer’s Avengers: Infinity War is, of course, its haunting and unforgettable ending—the moment when all hope is lost, evaporating like ash in the wind. But hasn’t that downer denouement been talked to death? What’s left to say, really, about the snap heard ’round the universe?…

Baby Groot briefly transforms the Galaxy (and the Marvel action machine) into one big dance floor Baby Groot briefly transforms the Galaxy (and the Marvel action machine) into one big dance floor

Like lots of superhero sequels, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 basically begins with a flurry of action. The Guardians, those mismatched intergalactic goofballs for hire, have gathered on a giant helipad to protect some giant glowing batteries from a giant, toothy monster that wants to feed off their energy. The…

“We were afraid of the void”: Claire Denis on working with Robert Pattinson and navigating High Life’s deep space “We were afraid of the void”: Claire Denis on working with Robert Pattinson and navigating High Life’s deep space

Claire Denis is one of the world’s greatest filmmakers, but don’t let her hear you say that. She’s not crazy about compliments, the publicist warns me in the lobby of the hotel, minutes before our interview is scheduled to begin. Denis has come to Chicago to talk about her new movie, the hypnotic science-fiction drama …

A masterful breakthrough performance provides the predictable Dogman some bark and bite A masterful breakthrough performance provides the predictable Dogman some bark and bite

One could be forgiven for assuming, based on title alone, that Dogman is yet another superhero movie. There’s a lot of them out there right now, after all, especially this month. But one look at the main character of this simmering new drama from writer-director Matteo Garrone (Reality, Tale Of Tales) should dispel…

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