Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz help break Cannes’ opening-night curse

Most years, it’s possible to boil down the conversation preceding Cannes to a single simple question: Who’s going to be here? The world’s most prestigious film festival, unfolding over a dozen days against the sunbaked splendor of the French Riviera, can sometimes feel (or at least look) like a giant, glamorous,…

God is a gaslighting husband in Darren Aronofsky’s brilliantly deranged Mother!

Darren Aronofsky’s preoccupation with paranoid, physically grotesque searches for meaning—a curious mix of deep-think and makeup effects that goes back to his black-and-white debut feature, Pi—grimly paints humanity as a species defined by obsessions, addictions, delusions, and self-destruction, its only prophets…

Sean Penn’s festival laughingstock The Last Face finally slips into theaters

Many actors try their hand at directing, but few can match the degree of success—on both sides of the camera—that Sean Penn has achieved. Films like The Pledge (2001) and Into The Wild (2007) demonstrate the same intelligence, sensitivity, and power that Penn invests in his Oscar-winning performances. He occasionally…

Pirates Of The Caribbean slogs out to sea for the fifth time in Dead Men Tell No Tales

Plot is never the best part of a Pirates Of The Caribbean movie. It’s always some mumbo jumbo about maritime curses, lost treasure, and seafaring ghosts—and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth entry in this long-running series adapted from a Disneyland ride, is in no way different. Returning to…

Professional quirky villain Javier Bardem might play a quirky villain in Pirates Of The Caribbean 5

Is there any proof that Javier Bardem isn’t really an immortal supervillain who travels the world adopting weird affectations and coming up with wacky schemes? It just seems suspicious that the same guy can play a uniquely weird villain in No Country For Old Men, Eat Pray Love, and Skyfall without having some kind of…