Review: 'Inside Out' is simply one of Pixar's most creative films ever

Review: 'Inside Out' is simply one of Pixar's most creative films ever

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Amy Poehler and Phyllis Smith are superb

CANNES — Stop and think about it for a just a minute. Imagine a movie almost completely centered on individual emotions living in a young girl's head. Not a short, but a feature length film. It sounds like some sort of nightmare screenwriting assignment, doesn’t it? How do you explain how the emotions work? Do they control her every action? Do they grow and mature alongside her? How do you make a coherent, entertaining and moving experience out of that concept? Pete Docter, who previously directed one of Pixar's best films, "Up," doesn't make things easy on himself taking on that challenge and it makes the success of "Inside Out" more admirable than it initially might seem.

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The deification of 'Steve Jobs' begins with first look teaser trailer

The deification of 'Steve Jobs' begins with first look teaser trailer

Apparently this guy was some sort of genius

It seems pretty obvious given what's on paper that, if you're interested in the annual film awards derby at year's end, you should be keeping a pretty close eye on "Steve Jobs." Produced by Oscar winners Scott Rudin ("No Country Old Men") and Christian Colson ("Slumdog Millionaire") along with nominee Mark Gordon ("Saving Private Ryan"), written by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network"), directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") starring Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender ("12 Years a Slave") and winner Kate Winslet ("The Reader") — yeah, this is that "sight unseen" territory.

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Cate Blanchett says she told reporter she hasn't had sexual relationships with women

Cate Blanchett says she told reporter she hasn't had sexual relationships with women

That and more from the 'Carol' press conference in Cannes

CANNES — There's nothing like a Cannes Film Festival press conference to stir things up a bit. This year we've already had Tom Hardy publicly apologize to director George Miller for his behavior during the filming of "Mad Max: Fury Road" and on Sunday none other than Cate Blanchett stoked the flames. Something tells us she's been waiting for the opportunity.

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Review: Cate Blanchett masters all the signals for Todd Haynes' 'Carol'

Review: Cate Blanchett masters all the signals for Todd Haynes' 'Carol'

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True love was hard to find in the 1950s

CANNES — A look across a crowded room. A hand on a shoulder, slightly longer than expected. A conversation of code words. In the McCarthy era, gay men and women were forced to follow societal norms, with even the most "obvious" gays and lesbians trapped in the closet. It is in this context that we are introduced to department store clerk Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) and her new customer, the somewhat older Ms. Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) in Todd Haynes' adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel, "Carol."

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Review: The tragedy and talent of Amy Winehouse's life unfolds in powerful doc 'Amy'

Review: The tragedy and talent of Amy Winehouse's life unfolds in powerful doc 'Amy'

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You can understand why her father isn't pleased

CANNES — There are two moments that stand out the most in Asif Kapadia's new documentary "Amy." They will haunt you.

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Review: Matthew McConaughey and Gus Van Sant get lost in 'The Sea of Trees'

Review: Matthew McConaughey and Gus Van Sant get lost in 'The Sea of Trees'

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An unwieldy mix of independent and commercial styles dooms this Cannes drama

CANNES — In the 25 years since his breakthrough film “Drugstore Cowboy” was released, Gus Van Sant has spent his time bouncing back and forth between the independent film world and more distinctly commercial endeavors. The style and tone of each work has clearly been dictated on the audience it's intended for and you can argue he’s only attempted to meet in the middle a few times, with the Oscar-nominated "Milk" or "Good Will Hunting." Van Sant’s latest work, "The Sea of Trees," sadly proves what a dicey proposition that can be.

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Review: 'Son of Saul' is a truly remarkable cinematic experience

Review: 'Son of Saul' is a truly remarkable cinematic experience

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Holocaust drama signifies the arrival of an important new filmmaker

CANNES — The competition slate of the Cannes Film Festival is usually packed with established cinematic auteurs or former jury prize winners. When a first-time director is selected to be a part of such esteemed company, it usually means they have created a work that is truly remarkable. In terms of filmmaking prowess, "remarkable" may not do Laszlo Nemes' holocaust drama "Son of Saul" justice.

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Review: Emma Stone does her best to bring Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' to life

Review: Emma Stone does her best to bring Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' to life

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Legendary filmmaker's latest effort is less existential than it wants to be

CANNES — Anyone who even casually follows Woody Allen's career knows that these days the prolific filmmaker delivers just as many misses as he does hits. Last year, Allen directed Emma Stone and Colin Firth in the not-so-enchanting "Magic in the Moonlight." His follow-up, "Irrational Man," premiered today at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and once more finds Stone front and center as his muse. To say it's better film than "Moonlight" may be a compliment, but we won't pretend it's not a backhanded one.

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'Hateful Eight' looks good, but 'Lion' may be Harvey Weinstein's secret Oscar player

'Hateful Eight' looks good, but 'Lion' may be Harvey Weinstein's secret Oscar player

The Weinstein Company previews its upcoming slate at Cannes

Cannes — Harvey Weinstein appears to be in a good place. The Weinstein Company is, after all, coming off three-straight hits with "The Imitation Game," "Paddington" and "Woman in Gold." Thursday evening the industry titan held court for his annual Cannes preview, noting that he loved this year's slate while insisting that that's not always the case. The highlight of the evening was intended to be the first footage screened of Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," but this pundit was much more impressed with Garth Davis' "Lion."  

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'Beginners' director Mike Mills lands Bening, Gerwig and Fanning for '20th Century Women'
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'Beginners' director Mike Mills lands Bening, Gerwig and Fanning for '20th Century Women'

He's teaming up with Annapurna for the 1979-set Santa Barbara drama

When last we left director Mike Mills, he was ushering the great Christopher Plummer to his first Oscar, for 2011's "Beginners." Now he's teaming up with Megan Ellison and Annapurna Pictures for "20th Century Women," with Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning in tow.

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