<p>&quot;Mud&quot;</p>

"Mud"

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Tell us what you thought of 'Mud'

Jeff Nichols's latest hits theaters today

Hmmm. I really don't know what else I can say about "Mud." I love the movie. There is no way it won't land on my top 10 at the end of the year. I've been over the moon since I saw it pre-Sundance and I haven't been too worried about over-hyping it because I think it will find and land comfortably with its audience.

We talked to star Matthew McConaughey. We talked to director Jeff Nichols. Guy had his less-enthusiastic say in Cannes last year and I offered my counter in Park City eight months later. Will we be talking about it at the end of the year, when the awards season takes hold? Time will tell. I certainly hope so. But for now, I'm encouraging all the film lovers I know to check it out this weekend, and that includes you. It's opening in limited release and I'll be eager to see how it's received, so when/if you get around to seeing it, head on back here with your thoughts. And as always, feel free to vote in the poll below with your reaction.

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<p>George Clooney and Grant Heslov at the Oscars in February</p>

George Clooney and Grant Heslov at the Oscars in February

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George Clooney to reteam with 'Argo' journalist for 'Coronado High'

He'll produce with Smoke House partner Grant Heslov and potentially direct

George Clooney is finishing up "The Monuments Men" for release later this year, which he is also producing along with Smoke House partner Grant Heslov. The duo, with Ben Affleck, picked up Oscars for Best Picture in February for "Argo," and according to The Wrap, Clooney and Heslov are re-teaming with journalist Joshuah Bearman -- whose 2007 Wired article spawned the Iran hostage crisis drama -- for something called "Coronado High."

The film, which Sony Pictures is in talks to acquire, will be based on an as-of-yet unpublished article about a group of teenagers used to smuggle drugs in Coronado, a resort community across the bay from San Diego near the Mexican border. But that's all we have to go on at the moment.

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<p>Damian Lewis in &quot;Desire.&quot;</p>

Damian Lewis in "Desire."

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Sundance London premieres slick Jaguar promo 'Desire,' with Damian Lewis

Watch the 13-minute ad, made by Ridley Scott Associates

Today marked the start of Sundance London -- the second annual mini-festival of highlights from the Sundance Film Festival, transported across the pond and into the cavernous surrounds of the UK capital's O2 Dome. I've been dipping into the press screenings, catching up on a few titles I missed in Park City back in January, and will report back over the weekend. Having missed last year's inaugural edition, I'm still getting acquainted with this notion of festival as franchise; roving film journalists may not be that jazzed about it, but for civilian film buffs who can't fly to Park City on a whim, a second-hand programme is precisely the point.

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<p>Jude Law</p>

Jude Law

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Kevin Macdonald, Jude Law and Focus Features team up for sunken treasure thriller 'Black Sea'

Project finds a buyer ahead of Cannes Film Market

Filmmaker Kevin Macdonald is about to go deep sea diving with Jude Law. Deadline reports that the film "Black Sea" has been positioned as his next with Law in the lead as a laid-off submarine captain who gets involved in a scheme to seek out a storied sunken sub that might be loaded with gold in the Black Sea.

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<p>Detail of the new &quot;Prince Avalanche&quot;&nbsp;poster</p>

Detail of the new "Prince Avalanche" poster

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David Gordon Green's 'Prince Avalanche' gets a poster and a teaser for a teaser

The film is set for an August 9 release

David Gordon Green's "Prince Avalanche" is a great departure for the director, getting back to the roots of his feature career in some sense, but in another, it's a bit of a palette cleanser playing on his various sensibilities as a filmmaker. I kind of fell in love with it at Sundance, and I imagine others might, too.

The film went on to play Berlinale and SXSW and it just played the Tribeca Film Festival here in New York. It's set for an August 9 release, which will make it a nice palette cleanser of a different sort coming out of the summer movie season as we transition to the fall prestige frame.

Magnolia Pictures picked up the film after Sundance and has released a new teaser trailer, which you can check out below. And if six-second teasers for teaser trailers are your thing, there's a Vine thingie they released previewing the teaser trailer's bow tomorrow. I've gone ahead and included that as well. You can check out my interview with Green about the film here.

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<p>Mads Mikkelsen (left) in &quot;Michael Kohlhaas.&quot;</p>

Mads Mikkelsen (left) in "Michael Kohlhaas."

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Cannes Check 2013: Arnaud des Pallières's 'Michael Kohlhaas'

Continuing our cheat sheet for the Cannes Competition

(Welcome to Cannes Check, your annual guide through the 19 films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 15. Taking on a different selection every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Steven Spielberg's jury. We're going through the list by director and in alphabetical order -- next up, Arnaud des Pallières with "Michael Kohlhaas.")

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<p>Stark Sands, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake in &quot;Inside Llewyn Davis.&quot;</p>

Stark Sands, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake in "Inside Llewyn Davis."

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Cannes Check 2013: Joel and Ethan Coen's 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Continuing our cheat sheet for the Cannes Competition

(Welcome to Cannes Check, your annual guide through the 19 films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 15. Taking on a different selection every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Steven Spielberg's jury. We're going through the list by director and in alphabetical order -- next up, Joel and Ethan Coen with "Inside Llewyn Davis.")

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<p>Nicole Kidman at last year's Cannes Film Festival.</p>

Nicole Kidman at last year's Cannes Film Festival.

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Kidman, Lee, Ramsay and Waltz among those joining Spielberg on Cannes jury

There are more female filmmakers on the jury than in Competition

The Cannes Film Festival waited a long time to secure Steven Spielberg as their Competition jury president, so now that they’ve finally got him, they weren’t going to give him just any motley crew of jurors to work with. The panel of eight film luminaries announced this morning is the most high-profile in recent memory, containing as it does one former Palme d’Or winner, one two-time Oscar-winning director, one two-time Oscar-winning actor, one Oscar-winning actress and two former Cannes Best Actor winners.

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<p>Ambyr Childers and Julia Garner in &quot;We Are What We Are.&quot;</p>

Ambyr Childers and Julia Garner in "We Are What We Are."

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Cannes Directors' Fortnight lineup includes new film by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Sundance horror hit 'We Are What We Are' also makes the grade

With today's announcement of the Directors' Fortnight lineup, the slate for next month's Cannes Film Festival is officially complete. (Bar any stray late additions, of which there are usually a couple.) And the Fortnight programmers haven't made it any easier to plan one's viewing in an already stacked festival, serving up a selection rich in unexpected names and welcome genre diversions.

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<p>Matthew McConaughey won an&nbsp;Indie Spirit Award last year. Could more kudos be on the horizon with his trio of films this year?</p>

Matthew McConaughey won an Indie Spirit Award last year. Could more kudos be on the horizon with his trio of films this year?

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With 'Dallas Buyers Club' is Focus Features getting its awards slate in order?

The film was picked up for release in 'the second half of 2013'

When actor Matthew McConaughey was doing the awards circuit press rounds last year for his Independent Spirit Award-winning work in "Magic Mike," he was strikingly thin. The reason for the physical transformation was his role in Jean-Marc Vallée's upcoming "Dallas Buyers Club," which has just found a home at Focus Features.

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