Woody Allen’s Cafe Society to open Cannes film festival

Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” will kick off this year’s Cannes film festival, organisers said on Tuesday, the third time the acclaimed American writer and director has opened the event with one of his movies. Allen has previously opened the prestigious annual festival, held in the south of France, with “Hollywood Ending” in 2002 and “Midnight in Paris” in 2011. “Cafe […]

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Boris sans Béatrice: Parable about power tests viewers’ expectations

Directed by Denis Côté Written by Denis Côté Starring James Hyndman, Simone-Élise Girard, Denis Levant Classification 14A Country USA Language English In Boris sans Béatrice, Denis Côté’s new film, a successful and selfish businessman battles with his conscience as his wife suffers from catatonic melancholia. Using Greek myth, Côté crafts a parable about power through the lens of tragicomedy. Not […]

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The Program: Drama too shallow for Lance Armstrong’s awfulness

Directed by Stephen Frears Written by John Hodge Starring Ben Foster and Chris O’Dowd Classification 14A Country USA Language English There’s a scene in The Program in which Lance Armstrong interrupts the tight schedule of a celebrity cancer-ward visit to sit in companionable silence with a very sick child. It is about the only time in this sports drama that […]

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Forsaken: Father-and-son western explores well-trodden territory

Directed by Jon Cassar Written by Brad Mirman Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Brian Cox Classification 14A Country USA Language English Squinting like an unforgiven Clint Eastwood at high noon, Kiefer Sutherland struggles to keep his six-shooter holstered in a brooding western he shares with his father (Donald Sutherland). In a standard cowering-town-needs-a-gunfighter drama, typical themes (redemption, forgiveness) are laid […]

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B.C. to probe accident that injured Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien

British Columbia’s workplace safety agency is investigating an accident on the set of the latest Maze Runner film that seriously injured Dylan O’Brien, the star of the franchise. Mr. O’Brien’s injuries were so severe that production on the film in the B.C. Interior, scheduled for release in February, 2017, has been shut down while the actor recovers. It’s a rare […]

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