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  • Cannes Film Review: 'The Owners'

    Three orphaned siblings fight a corrupt bureaucracy in order to keep a roof over their heads in "The Owners," the small but scrappy third feature from prize-winning Kazakh writer-director Adilkhan Yerzhanov ("Realtor.") A remake of sorts of his previous effort, "Constructors," this highly stylized, blackly comic low-budget drama is a biting piece of social criticism that eventually goes over the top and enters Grand Guignol territory. The pic's world premiere as a last-minute addition to the Cannes Special Screenings lineup should serve as a launchpad for further fest play.
  • Cannes Film Review: 'Tu dors Nicole'

    A 20-something Quebecoise has some growing up to do in "Tu dors Nicole," a sweetly absurd, wryly comic third feature from French-Canadian helmer Stephane Lafleur ("Continental, a Film Without Guns"). Vibrantly shot in textured black-and-white 35mm, this...

    Film Review: 'Kebab & Horoscope'

    A former kebab-shop employee and an out-of-work horoscope writer declare themselves marketing experts and are hired to help a carpet emporium without customers in the droll shaggy-dog story "Kebab & Horoscope." This colorfully stylized debut feature...

    European Filmmakers Write to Putin about Ukrainian Director

    LONDON -- Some of Europe's top filmmakers -- Pedro Almodovar, Ken Loach, Aki Kaurismaki and Mike Leigh, among them -- have called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to clarify the status of detained Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov. In a letter sent...

    DVD Review: A worthwhile look at 'Badlands'

    DVD Review: A worthwhile look at 'Badlands'
    Terence Malick had already sold a couple of screenplays when his feature directorial debut, "Badlands" (1973), created an art-house sensation. Inspired by the story of 19-year-old Charlie Starkweather and 14-year-old Caril Ann Fugate, it told a tale...