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Memorial Day Three-Day Estimates

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Piratesare not all Dead Men with $76.8 million on 4,276, while Guardians Vol. 2 steams to $26.3 million on 3,871 for a $339.6 million cume. A quiet third, Baywatch proves not so biggle with its jiggle, $22.9 million on 3,647.

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Wrapping Cannes 70

THE SQUARE

The Square, though. I can’t wait for actual audiences to see it. I can’t wait to discuss its many possible interpretations. It’s one of the best Palme decisions in years.

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The DVD Wrapup: World Cinema Project 2, Obsession, Pelle the Conqueror, Jacques Rivette, Dark Angel and more

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It would be difficult for most of us to sustain the level of affection and enthusiasm Martin Scorsese displays in his introductions to the half-dozen films collected in World Cinema Project: No. 2. They are his godchildren. Scorsese has always been a key player in the film preservation movement and this is the second batch of movies the World Cinema Project has rescued for future generations to enjoy. Established in 2007 under the auspices of the Film Foundation, which, in 1990, Scorsese founded and now chairs, the project has thus far restored 30 marginalized, infrequently screened films from 21 regions generally unequipped to preserve their own cinema history. They have been made available for exhibition on various platforms. For its part, the foundation has helped restore more than 750 films, accessible to the public through programming at festivals, museums and educational i.nstitutions around the world. It easily qualifies as God’s work and Scorsese has a right to be expect a few plenary indulgences.

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The Weekend Report

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Friday Box Office Estimates

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Cannes Review: KILLING OF A SACRED DEER

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Review: Baywatch

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NY Times

“After 54 Years, We Fell in Love. After Five Months, I Got Leukemia. I Thought It Was A Romantic Comedy. I Was Wrong About The Comedy.”
Delia Ephron On A Gift Her Sister, Nora Ephron, Left Her

“Wherever poor Ned Beatty went, people would say: Squeal like a pig! It went on for years”
John Boorman & Co. On Making Deliverance

NY Times

Good Time doesn’t peddle a message or redemption, but instead tethers you to an oblivious narcissist who pushes the story into an ever-deepening downward spiral. As errors turn into catastrophes, Connie grows increasingly feral, becoming a character who is a biliously funny reproach to the American triumphalism that suffuses superhero flicks and indies alike and insists that success isn’t just inevitable but also a birthright.”
Manohla Dargis With Robert Pattinson

“May understands there is a judging prick inside many of us, particularly when we’re rolling through a series of terrible dates. You don’t exactly feel sorry for Henry, you just recognize those moments of distaste. And cringe. For everyone involved.”
Kim Morgan On Elaine May’s A New Leaf

“Working mothers are not very welcome at the Cannes Film Festival, it seems. This year at least two mothers attending the fest have spoken out about the major barriers they’ve encountered.”
Nanna Frank Rasmussen Says Cannes Doesn’t Do Enough To Accommodate Mothers

Almodóvar Jury Awards Palme d’Or To Östlund’s The Square; Grand Prix, BPM; Director, Sofia Coppola, The Beguiled; Actor, Joaquin Phoenix,You Were Never Really Here; Actress, Diane Kruger In In the Fade; Screenplay (Tie) The Killing Of A Sacred DeerYou Were Never Really Here; Jury Prize: Zvyagintsev’s LovelessNicole Kidman, With Four Fest Features, Gets A Special 70th Anniversary Award

NY Times

“Sitting in the Roman Polanski Suite at the Cannes Carlton Hotel, Kirsten Dunst did her best to smile.”
Manohla Dargis On An Actress Who Calls Her Own Shots

“Ismail was my life’s partner. From the beginning right on down to his final day. I lived openly with him for forty-five years, in New York and wherever else we were. That says what it says.”
James Ivory At 89

NY Times

“His America is a troubled land, staggering from wretched excess and aching losses, a country where dreams have often slipped into out-and-out delusions, and people hunger for deliverance, if only in the person of a half-baked messiah. Reason is in short supply here, and grifters and con men peddling conspiracy thinking and fake news abound; families are often fragmented or nonexistent; and primal, Darwinian urges have replaced the rule of law.”
Michiko Kakutani On Denis Johnson

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Feature films are suffering a kind of bad time right now, in my opinion, because the feature films that play in theaters are blockbusters. That seems to fill the theaters, but the art-house cinema is gone. If I made a feature film, it might play in L.A. and New York, a couple of other places, for a week in a little part of a cineplex, and then it would go who knows where. I built this to be on the big screen. It will be on a smaller screen, but it’s built for the big screen. You want a feature film to play on a big screen with big sound, and utilize all the best technology to make a world. It’s really tough after all that work to not get it in the theater. So I say that cable television is a new art house, and it’s good that it’s here.”
~ David Lynch

“The purpose of film isn’t to present the kindness of the world.”
~ Isabelle Huppert