The violent modeling fantasia of The Neon Demon, the lurid lesbian love story of The Handmaiden, and the rape-revenge character study of Elle are deftly made, headily stylish, and cracklingly clever. Nevertheless, they require a "but..."
More early awards contenders for 2016 have cropped up: interracial marriage drama Loving and its star Ruth Negga, as well as Adam Driver in another lovely portrait of wedded life.
Stewart's unconventional ghost story Personal Shopper isn't the disaster its Cannes reception might suggest. But gory debut Raw, which led some viewers to leave the theater, is a lot more fun.
Café Society is a trifle of a film that can't compete with the real, tough, ongoing conversations about its director.
“It would take a lot to offend me," he told Variety.
Or at least, the best ones I got the chance to see, from an elliptical drama about sleeping sickness to a stunning lesbian love story.
The new doc Amy offers a moving look at the singer's talent and tragedy. Krisha, a fellow Cannes film, shows addiction in another light.
Cartel thriller Sicario, martial arts drama The Assassin, and punks vs. skins movie Green Room brought some action to the famous film festival.
"I think we're moving in a certain direction," the director said at Cannes. "I don't think you can really go backwards."
Call it a comeback — Pixar's new movie charmed Cannes as the company's best in years.
Update: The festival's organisers say hosts and hostesses have been "reminded" of the rules.
The Sea of Trees is not the McConaissance's finest hour.
Stone is luminous in another crummy role in Allen's Irrational Man. Fellow Cannes film The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, is a hundred times more interesting.
Todd Haynes' latest film about a love affair between two women premieres at the Cannes film festival this weekend. H/T Indie Wire
Hayek gets gory and Vincent Cassel gets randy in sumptuous fairy tale film Tale of Tales. Another Cannes premiere, Our Little Sister, aims for more grounded family drama.
From Salma Hayek as a heart-eating queen to Matthew McConaughey as a suicidal traveler, it looks like it's going to be a good year at the world's greatest film event.