7. "The Paperboy" (Lee Daniels)
Two Matthew McConaughey films in a Cannes lineup? What a time to be alive. Even more astonishing to me is that I'm looking forward this much to a film by Lee Daniels -- whose first film, "Shadowboxer," was a roundly derided farrago, and whose second, "Precious," may have earned him an Oscar nod and an Un Certain Regard berth at Cannes, but for me, succeeded in spite of his chaotic direction, not because of it. Pete Dexter's corking Southern noir novel, once eyed for adaptation by Pedro Almodovar, is such a strange fit for Daniels that I can't help but wonder what he's playing at; an oddly matched cast, including Zac Efron, John Cusack and Nicole Kidman (rumored to be on top form here), heightens the sense of intrigue. (Inidentally, Macy Gray is narrating, so I'm first in line regardless.) A lot could go wrong here, but but in potentially very interesting ways.
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