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Stoker (2013)

There’s a long line of tradition in cinema of anti-heroines – suppressed females seduced into the carnal chutzpah of ultra-violence – that precedes the arrival of Stoker, Korean maestro Chan-wook Park’s…
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65th Cannes Film Festival Line-Up!

It’s the breeding season of cinema, folks. What d’you expect. This is the much awaited time when auteurs pull out their wangs (that’s artistic egos for you, uninitiated ones) for public stroking and adoration. It’s the battle of men this year. Not that we’ll witness somebody like Haneke beating the life out of somebody like Kiarostami, but at least we’ll expect their films will make some particular impact. Let’s not kid ourselves, Cannes is the most prestigious film festival in the entire circuit. The French know and love their cinema. 9 out of my Top 10 Films last year all premiered in Cannes.
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Rabbit Hole (2010)

With its painful and sad excursion into parental grief, Rabbit Hole somehow provides hope in distress and beauty in the breakdown without reducing to schmaltz or diluting its honesty. This is a subtle, nuanced little film with a bruised humanity.
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Nine (2009)

What promises to be a bombastic musical with a shamanic alignment of megawatt star-power ends up with barely a bang. Rob Marshall’s Nine, despite of its lavish, slick production, gorgeous cinematography and art direction that oozes with 60’s retro chic, is a film of misfired ambitions. Far from Fellini’s original 8½, this is a mediocre, passable, if not entertaining, affair.
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