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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Trouble With You’

A dingy apartment door is kicked in from the outside and a slick-looking detective bursts in brandishing a gun. Bullets fly, kicks are roundhoused, and the cop is put through an interior wall, resulting in his arms and fists fighting off one foe, while his flailing legs dispatch another in the next room over. This choppy, exaggerated melee is not ...

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Icelandic Drama ‘The County’ Scores Sales, Celebrates Its Rural Roots

“When you fall at the beginning of the journey, it will be a good journey,” says genial producer Grímar Jónsson of Netop Films, quoting an old Icelandic proverb. He’s referring to the emergency tooth extraction required by ace Estonian DP Mart Taniel (“November”) on the first day of the shoot of “The County,” the much-anticipated new film from “Rams” helmer ...

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Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built’ and Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ make for a night of provocation in Cannes

Although he was once a leading proponent of the murky-herky-jerky digital aesthetic known as Dogma 95, von Trier has an instinctive gift for the striking image. The eerily Boschian epilogue of “The House That Jack Built” plays, in some ways, like a reversal of the slo-mo apocalypse that kicked off his uncharacteristically lovely and mature 2011 drama, “Melancholia.” In this ...

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Fourth Estate’

The opening or closing night of a film festival can make a statement — about where that festival, or the larger world of film, is headed. Tonight, the Tribeca Film Festival made a striking statement by presenting Liz Garbus’ “The Fourth Estate” as its closing-night selection. Garbus is a reknowned documentary filmmaker (“Searching for Bobby Fischer,” “The Farm: Angola, USA”) ...

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