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Courtesy of Nicholas Osella

It was last year, around the summer, that I realized I can’t make everything perfect.

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20th Century Fox

It isn’t without its flaws, but overall it is a worthy piece of filmmaking. Its visually stunning finale could even be looked at as a promise that more familiar — at least in intensity — territory lies ahead for fans of the franchise.

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NETFLIX

As far as comedy goes, the humor is as sharp as ever.

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Warner Bros. Pictures

'Everything, Everything' was a sweet teen-romance story.

For all of its faults, “Ismael’s Ghosts” succeeds at one major task: respecting film as art by serving as an homage to French New Wave cinema.

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NETFLIX

Ansari and Yang show no hesitance in posing difficult questions in every corner of the show, but it doesn’t seem as if they’re attempting to provide answers.

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20TH CENTURY FOX

Released Mother’s Day weekend, the main pitfall of “Snatched” is that it tries too hard to be more than just a kidnap romp.

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Black Cement Records

spin bridges the scary chasm that divides hard rock from tamer genres. There is intensity there — not only in the guitar or other instrumentals, but also in the lyrics themselves.

Arimah weaves in aspects from several different genres, including, but not limited to, ghost stories, magical realism and even a touch of horror.

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GUNPOWDER & SKY

It should come as no surprise that “Hounds of Love” is not an easy film to watch — a few left the theatre during its showing — but its sheer intensity and energy are captivating if you can stomach emotional and physical abuse.

“What a place” doesn’t even come close.

My first morning at Cannes begins quite early (3:15 a.m., to be exact), in London, as I make my way to the airport. With nothing but extensive google searches to arm myself, I get on a Nice bound flight with a heavy bag of dreams, a laptop, three books and my passport. The painfully early 7:30 a.m. flight is far from sleepy. On the contrary, it’s full of international industry chatter; reporters planning their interviews by the bathrooms; producers catching up with friends over seatbacks; cinephiles eagerly listening to whatever dish they could hear. Business cards, I quickly learn, are currency in Cannes.

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Courtesy of Gangly

Icelandic music might just be the freshest breath of air the music industry, nationally and internationally, truly needs.

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HBO

From scene to scene more than anything else it is De Niro’s endlessly compelling performance that keeps what is otherwise an underwritten film from falling flat.

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20th Century Fox

It’s not as if the script does the cast any favors either. Not only is every character on display a putrid combination of unlikeable and simply, egregiously stupid, but they are given no funny material with which to work.

Todd Haynes brilliantly tells the cinematic tale of two deaf kids through the form of a silent movie, playing with the conventions of the genre to create multiple layers through which to explore the deaf experience.

Despite a disappointing first film, the magic of Cannes is hardly lessened. In fact, a tour of the Press Lounge — where I discover coffee is free all day, every day — only makes it more exciting.

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Roadside Attractions

What ultimately makes this an atypical war film are its Gothic and Romantic undertones. “The Wall” is heavily influenced by these genres of classic literature, especially the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, and it wears these influences on its sleeve.

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ERSKINE RECORDS

If it hasn't quite settled with you yet, the fact of the matter is that Styles has created a fantastic work in modern rock, at once nostalgic, fresh and daring.

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Warner Bros. Pictures

The film feels simultaneously bloated as well as conceptually empty. Too much is thrown into the mix.

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Matador Records

What’s so impressive about No Shape isn’t just the breadth of sonic territory it covers, but its ability to do so while also capturing, in many ways, the essence of camp in all its effeminate and kitschy glory.