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Caroline A. Tsai

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‘Hot Summer Nights’ Is a Surprisingly Conventional Teen Melodrama

“Hot Summer Nights” has the makings of a promising drama, but it's obviously imagined by an adult who wants to sit with the cool kids.

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From Cannes: ‘Euforia’ Misplaces Humor, Undercuts Tragedy

Italian director Valeria Golino turns her film into a bloodless pseudo-comedy that handles its very serious subjects with flippant, misplaced humor.

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From Cannes: ‘Manbiki Kazoku’ (‘Shoplifters’) A Heartbreaking Look at Family

Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda gently teases out the truth, until the Shibata family reveals the dark secrets that bind them together.

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From Cannes: ‘Un Couteau dans le Coeur’ (‘Knife + Heart’) Takes Little Death to Fatal Extremes

“Un Couteau dans le Coeur” tries to achieve some semblance of self-awareness, a sly wink at its own garish kitsch in neon lettering. But unlike Anne’s pornography, the film never reaches its—ahem—climax.

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From Cannes: ‘Zimna wojna’ (‘Cold War’) a Bleak Love Story

Without seeming resolute or preachy, Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” is a clarion call for the enduring power of love in a bleak time.

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From Cannes: ‘Under the Silver Lake’ a Psychedelic, Pedantic Story of Los Angeles Folklore

Mitchell’s imagery simmers evocatively, refreshingly trippy—though it all seems to gesture at a statement that he hasn’t clarified, even to himself, like a string of blissed-out, drug-addled musings he scribbled while half-asleep.

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From Cannes: Han Flies ‘Solo’ in New Star Wars Spin-Off

Han Solo is the hero who wants to be the anti-hero, the pilot who wants to fly solo but secretly needs a fleet.

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From Cannes: ‘Girl’ En Pointe, Slightly Less On Point

While “Girl” begins as a stunning body of work, it stumbles somewhere in its empathy, and doesn’t quite recover to stick the landing.

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Cannes Par Jour: Day 2 picture

The press tent at the Cannes Film Festival 2018, where stars are interviewed by press and underlings like Caroline A. Tsai are forbidden entry.

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Cannes Par Jour: Day 2

Oh, what’s that? A yellow press badge? I don’t… I’m afraid I don’t see anything… Hmm… Did you hear something, Jacques? Mm… I don’t think so? Maybe the light Riviera breeze? Or perhaps a Chanel No. 5-scented fart slipped out of Dame Helen Mirren over there? Hmm.

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From Cannes: ‘Les Chatouilles’ (‘Little Tickles’) A Carefully Choreographed, Poignant Account of Abuse

Simply by the act of telling her therapist about her childhood, Odette becomes the author of her own story in "Les Chatouilles."

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From Cannes: Cooler Than Ice, ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Butchers Bradbury

During a time when the freedom of speech and the importance of facts are being threatened, it’s a shame that Bahrani delivers a watered-down version of a complex novel that demands so much more.

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Cannes Par Jour Day 1 picture

The Palais des Festivals, where daily screenings of Competition and Un Certain Regard films are held.

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From Cannes: ‘Les Filles Du Soleil’ (‘Girls of the Sun’) A Heart-Rending Picture of Female Resistance and Resilience

At its heart, “Les Filles du Soleil” is a stunning, visceral recognition of the power of female leadership.

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From Cannes: ‘Gräns’ (‘Border’) an Eccentric Fable on Fitting In

The end result is, like the film’s protagonist, a strange hybrid of several genres that is one part Swedish noir, one part romance, one part moralistic fable for a film that plays jump rope with the border of what viewers can bear to see on screen.

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