'Carol,' 'Inside Out' and 10 other Cannes 2015 films ready for Oscar's closeup

'Carol,' 'Inside Out' and 10 other Cannes 2015 films ready for Oscar's closeup

This year's films will have an impact this awards season

CANNES — Awards season is no stranger to Cannes. From "Amour" to "The Tree of Life" to "No Country For Old Men" to "The Pianist" to "The Piano," every year there seems to be a player or two that pokes its head out from the crowded Croisette and into Oscar's waiting arms. This year's potential players may not include a true Best Picture contender, but they are evidence enough that the festival's presence will be felt throughout the upcoming campaign.

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Best and Worst of Cannes 2015: Why wasn't 'Mad Max: Fury Road' in competition?

Best and Worst of Cannes 2015: Why wasn't 'Mad Max: Fury Road' in competition?

The films we loved, we hated and that flat shoe controversy

CANNES — We finally have a Palme d'Or winner (Jacques Audiard's "Dheepan"), but what are our major takeaways from the entire 2015 Cannes Film Festival?

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'Dheepan' takes Palme d'Or, and all the other 2015 Cannes Film Festival winners

'Dheepan' takes Palme d'Or, and all the other 2015 Cannes Film Festival winners

'Carol's' Rooney Mara ties for Best Actress

CANNES — The 2015 Cannes Film Festival has officially come to an end and, in something of a surprise, the winner of the Palme d'Or went to Jacques Audiard's "Dheepan."  The presidents of the jury, Ethan and Joel Coen, reminded the media during the final press conference these honors weren't determined by critics.  Instead, they were chosen by a nine-member jury which included notable names such as Guillermo Del Toro, Jake Gyllenhaal, Xavier Dolan, Sienna Miller and Sophie Marceau.

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Review: Michael Fassbender descends into a fog of madness in ‘Macbeth’

Review: Michael Fassbender descends into a fog of madness in ‘Macbeth’

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Marion Cotillard is superb but there isn't enough of her

CANNES — This Scottish General is a mad warrior. He takes down one victim after another, seemingly fueled by an endless stream of rage. He applies war paint to the faces of his teenage soldiers and throws them onto the battlefield, eventually haunted by their wasted deaths. Constant war has made Macbeth a man on the edge of madness, and that’s exactly what director Justin Kurzel wants to exploit in his stylistic new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play.   

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Michael Fassbender says his 'Macbeth' is suffering from PTSD

Michael Fassbender says his 'Macbeth' is suffering from PTSD

Marion Cotillard discusses being 'swept away' by playing Lady Macbeth

CANNES — The last film in competition has debuted at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and that meant it was time for two of the world's most respected and photogenic stars to get their moment in the spotlight. So, yes, the global media were quite excited about Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender taking the podium for "Macbeth's" official press conference.

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An early look at the Best and Worst of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

An early look at the Best and Worst of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

Alison Wilmore joins us for a video chat about the fest

CANNES — The 68th Festival de Cannes is almost at an end. There is only one more competition film to screen, Justin Kurzel's "Macbeth," and then the Coen brothers-led jury will begin deliberations over what entry will win the prestigious Palme d'Or. The favorites are still "Son of Saul" and "Carol," but two relatively new entries, "Youth" and "Mountains May Depart," may steal their thunder. Tomorrow night's awards ceremony is going to be very intriguing. But more on that later...

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'The Lobster,' 'The Assassin' and 4 other mini-reviews from Cannes

'The Lobster,' 'The Assassin' and 4 other mini-reviews from Cannes

Yep, all the films we didn't have time to write complete reviews for

CANNES — Even at a more civilized festival such as Cannes, it can be hard to catch every single movie in competition. There are always a few that will slip through the cracks and you can always count on the inevitable life drama moment to rear its ugly head. Unlike other festivals, Cannes has less repeat screenings across the board. That also makes things tough for one person to chronicle it all.

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Review: Caine, Keitel and Weisz are at their best in Sorrentino's glorious 'Youth'

Review: Caine, Keitel and Weisz are at their best in Sorrentino's glorious 'Youth'

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And then Jane Fonda shows up and steals the movie

CANNES — Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino has already dipped his toe into the familiar genre of characters of a certain age reminiscing about the good old days with 2013's "The Great Beauty." He even won an Oscar for it. Two years later he returns to the Cannes Film Festival with "Youth," a follow-up that stands besides "Great Beauty" thematically while also presenting a decidedly different point of view.

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Review: Gaspar Noé's 'Love' is a barrage of sex mainstream cinema has rarely seen

Review: Gaspar Noé's 'Love' is a barrage of sex mainstream cinema has rarely seen

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A rare sliver of intimacy is found amongst the noise

[This review contains descriptions of graphic sexual acts.]

CANNES — The first shot of Gaspar Noé’s new drama “Love” lets you know exactly what you’ve gotten yourself into. Murphy (Karl Glusman) and Electra (Aomi Muyock) are naked on a bed. She is giving him a hand job while he fingers her. The camera does not move. There is no cut to another shot. There is no music. And then, in what will be a common occurrence, Murphy ejaculates in Electra’s hand. Noé has given you ample warning of what’s ahead. This film will not simulate sex. The intercourse will be real and it will dominate the proceedings.

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Review: 'Sicario' simmers as it indicts the fallacy of the drug war we can't win

Review: 'Sicario' simmers as it indicts the fallacy of the drug war we can't win

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Benicio Del Toro hasn't been this good in a long time

CANNES — In 2001 Benicio Del Toro won an Oscar for his portrayal of a Mexican police officer attempting to take down the drug cartels in Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic.” Fourteen years later he’s starring in another film about North America’s “drug war,” Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario,” and the picture makes the disheartening argument that things may have actually gotten worse.

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