"Leviathan"
"Leviathan"
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Cannes Check: Andrei Zvyagintsev's 'Leviathan'

Closing out our Competition preview with one of the Palme d'Or favorites

Welcome to the final entry in Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow. Taking on different selections every day, we've examined what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. We close thing out, neatly enough, with what will also be the last Competition film to be unveiled on the Croisette: Andrei Zvyagintsev's "Leviathan." 

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11 big questions we want answered at this year's Cannes Film Festival

11 big questions we want answered at this year's Cannes Film Festival

Is awards season about to kick-off?

The 67th Festival du Cannes is only a day away and as the last rain shower sweeps through the small French seaside town, the sun is ready to shine on the global film community's annual pow wow.

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"Wild Tales"
"Wild Tales"
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Cannes Check 2014: Damian Szifron's 'Wild Tales'

Continuing our preview of the festival lineup with a wild card from Argentina

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year'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, perhaps the most unexpected selection of the lot: Damián Szifrón's "Wild Tales."

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<p>&quot;Timbuktu&quot;</p>

"Timbuktu"

Credit: Le Pacte

Cannes Check 2014: Abderrahmane Sissako's 'Timbuktu'

Continuing our festival preview with the only African film in Competition

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year'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 Competition's only African entry: Abderrahmane Sissako's "Timbuktu."

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<p>&quot;The Wonders&quot;</p>

"The Wonders"

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Cannes Check 2014: Alice Rohrwacher's 'The Wonders'

Continuing our festival preview with one of the Competition's freshest names

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year'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, one of the clear (or not-so-clear) wild cards of the lineup: Alice Rohrwacher's "The Wonders."

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<p>Channing Tatum and Steve Carell in &quot;Foxcatcher.&quot;</p>

Channing Tatum and Steve Carell in "Foxcatcher."

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Cannes Check 2014: Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher'

Continuing our festival preview with the long-awaited awards hopeful

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year'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, a film we've been waiting to see for some time now: Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher."

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"Jimmy's Hall"
"Jimmy's Hall"
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Cannes Check 2014: Ken Loach's 'Jimmy's Hall'

Continuing our preview of the Competition with another British veteran

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year'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 lineup's second Palme d'Or-winning British stalwart: Ken Loach's "Jimmy's Hall."

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<p>Kids stare in awe at the spectacle that is &quot;Godzilla.&quot;</p>

Kids stare in awe at the spectacle that is "Godzilla."

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

'Godzilla' is an artful antidote to the usual this summer

Take a bow, Gareth Edwards

I loved Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla" so much I went back for seconds. And I'll probably revisit it many times over as it's a captivating directorial accomplishment, in my view, one that puts the anonymous summer actioners that tend to permeate this time of year to shame. I might not go so far as to declare it a work of art, but it is unequivocally the work of an artist, and that makes all the difference in the world.

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Timothy Spall in "Mr. Turner."
Timothy Spall in "Mr. Turner."
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Cannes Check 2014: Mike Leigh's 'Mr. Turner'

Continuing our festival preview with the seven-time Oscar nominee's passion project

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year'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 first of two British veterans in the lineup: Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner."

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<p>Alec Baldwin</p>

Alec Baldwin

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Oscar Bait: Alec Baldwin joins Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes biopic

The Hollywood icon's long-gestating project is finally coming together

It's been 10 years since Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator," if you can believe it. The film was one of two dueling Howard Hughes biopics at the time (the other coming from Christopher Nolan), a passion project developed by star Leonardo DiCaprio for director Michael Mann. Mann ended up with biopic fatigue after "The Insider" and "Ali," so he settled into a producer position and DiCaprio convinced his then-newfound colleague Martin Scorsese to direct and the rest was history.

But speaking of history, the Howard Hughes story has had its own in Hollywood. During a Santa Barbara Film Festival tribute in February, Scorsese remarked that he had always shied away from it, going on to note that a number of filmmakers had wanted to do it over the years. One of those, of course, was Warren Beatty, and Beatty's version has been slowly clicking into place over the last couple of years. Today there's further development as one of the stars of Scorsese's film, Alec Baldwin, has been tapped for a role.

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