Month: June 2014

Captain of The Guardian cricket team

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Queen and Country

It seems such a waste of talent that John Boorman has had to wait since The Tiger’s Tale in 2006 to make another movie. At last there is one and, judging by the applause at the Directors’ Fortnight, Queen and

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The Captive

Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s story has a small girl taken from her father’s car while he is shopping. Years later, he is still searching for her and discovers the nasty secret of the abduction. The film works up to a

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Malian director Abderrahmanne Sissako’s film tells what happens in Timbuktu when Islamist fundamentalists take over the surrounding area. Music is forbidden, as is football, and adulterers are buried in sand up to their heads and stoned to death. Sissako’s style

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The Wonders

This Italian competition film from Alice Rohrwacher has an ordinary family with a largely absent father effectively run by Gelsomina, the 12-year-old daughter who looks after the rest of the beekeeping brood. Her best trick is to allow a bee

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Grace De Monaco

It’s a long time since a really good film opened the Festival, and Oliver Dahan’s melodrama certainly isn’t it. It tells the highly fictionalized story of Grace Kelly, betrothed to Prince Rainier of Monaco, who has to decide whether to

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The Homesman

Actor-director Tommy Lee Jones, whose debut feature as film-maker was the highly praised The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, also at Cannes, tells an affecting story of the Old West in The Homesman. He and a pious spinster (Hilary Swank)

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Mr Turner

Mike Leigh’s new film, a period piece like Topsy-Turvy, took a long time to finance but was clearly worth it in the end. It’s subject, of course, is England’s greatest painter, an eccentric genius whose odd life almost measured up

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Saint Laurent

Bertrand Bonello’s fictionalized tribute to the life and times of “the world’s most famous Frenchman” is slick, appropriately ironic and full of flash fashion detail. But it is also two and half hours long, and totally lacks real emotion as it

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Wild Tales

This lively if uneven Argentinian portmanteau comedy from Damián Szifrón tells half a dozen stories about frustrating Latin-American life, which should comfortably cross boundaries. One of the most apt has a motorist given an unjust parking ticket and totally unable to

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