<p>Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie</p>

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

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Angelina Jolie to team up with Brad Pitt on her next directorial venture

The power couple prepare their first onscreen collaboration since 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith'

When Angelina Jolie made her directorial debut in 2011 with the Bosnian War romance "In the Land of Blood and Honey," reviews were middling to respectable, though the film was still dismissed by many critics as a sort of noble vanity project. (The Golden Globe voters didn't help it much by handing it a shamelessly celebrity-courting Best Foreign Language Film nod.) But Jolie -- as in pretty much all her ventures -- is proving herself to be pretty serious about her directing career.

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<p>Ryan Reynolds in &quot;The Captive.&quot;</p>

Ryan Reynolds in "The Captive."

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Cannes Check 2014: Ryan Reynolds in Atom Egoyan's 'The Captive'

Continuing our festival preview with the Oscar-nominated director's kidnap thriller

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, the third Canadian director in the lineup: Atom Egoyan's "The Captive."

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<p>A scene from &quot;The Amazing Spider-Man 2&quot;</p>

A scene from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"

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Tell us what you thought of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

Marc Webb's websliging sequel swings into theaters today

Marc Webb's "Amazing Spider-Man 2" kicks off the summer movie season today, and I have to say I'm in league with the majority of critics on this one. It's an over-stuffed, seemingly visionless piece of cotton candy that defeats itself every step of the way.

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<p>Benedict Cumberbatch in &quot;The Imitation Game&quot;</p>

Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game"

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Weinstein sets Oscar season release dates for three awards hopefuls

How will his slate shape up this year?

The Weinstein Company has a pretty tight slate of prestige titles this year, a number of them likely set for the upcoming Oscar circuit. And indeed, today we're getting word that three of them are all lined up for prime awards season real estate on the release calendar, setting the stage for another slew of months in the trenches for Harvey and his team.

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<p>Joaquin Phoenix</p>

Joaquin Phoenix

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Joaquin Phoenix set for Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight' follow-up

As usual, details are scarce, but the potential is intriguing

As usual, Woody Allen shows no signs of slowing down. He's prolific as ever and with "Magic in the Moonlight" right around the corner this summer, he's already lining up his next. And today brings news of the first casting decision: Joaquin Phoenix.

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Antoine Olivier-Pilon in "Mommy."
Antoine Olivier-Pilon in "Mommy."
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Cannes Check 2014: Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy'

Continuing our Cannes preview with the youngest director in Competition

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, from the youngest director in the lineup: Xavier Dolan's "Mommy."

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<p>Mads Mikkelsen in &quot;The Salvation&quot;</p>

Mads Mikkelsen in "The Salvation"

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Mads Mikkelsen gives the Old West a Euro twist in trailer for 'The Salvation'

Kristian Levring's western will play at Cannes as a Midnight Screening

Midnight movies can be a mixed bag at the Cannes Film Festival -- some are curios that go on to become genuine cult items, some simply sneak back to the place from whence they came and are never heard from again. The star factor alone of "The Salvation," selected for this year's festival, suggests it won't entirely disappear on us, but it does look to be a somewhat unusual hybrid: a 19th-century Old West revenge yarn with a distinct European slant, not least in the casting of Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green and, uh, Eric Cantona.

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Marion Cotillard in "Two Days, One Night."
Marion Cotillard in "Two Days, One Night."
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Cannes Check 2014: Marion Cotillard in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's 'Two Days, One Night'

Continuing our Cannes preview with the latest from two-time Palme d'Or champs

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's "Two Days, One Night." 

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Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska in "Maps to the Stars."
Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska in "Maps to the Stars."
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Cannes Check 2014: Robert Pattinson in David Cronenberg's 'Maps to the Stars'

Continuing our preview of the Cannes Competition

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up: David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars."

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Flashing back to when Batman, Indiana Jones and the Ghostbusters ruled the summer of '89

Flashing back to when Batman, Indiana Jones and the Ghostbusters ruled the summer of '89

Looking back a quarter century ago as we kick off a new mini-series

In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We start today with a look back at the summer of 1989.

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