Cannes winners list: Nicole Kidman honoured with special prize

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Nicole Kidman was named this year’s unofficial Queen of Cannes, but has now been awarded a special 70th anniversary prize for her achievements at this year’s film festival. The 49-year-old actor had left Cannes by the the time the awards were presented, but sent a video message from Nashville. Kidman appeared in an astonishing four productions at the world’s

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War Machine movie review – long live the middle picture

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Will Netflix single-handedly revive the mid-budget movie? These are the sorts of productions veteran filmmakers such as David Lynch, Francis Ford Coppola and John Waters say they can no longer make. Studios nowadays tend to choose between two options: cheap-as-chips flicks that cost a few million dollars, or nine-digit blockbusters usually involving marquee franchises with

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword movie review

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If Warner Bros. hoped British director Guy Ritchie would, with his take on the Arthurian legend, deliver them a snazzy, zeitgeisty and adrenaline-charged Game of the Thrones style hit, boy did they bet on the wrong horse. This hopeless, visionless, mindless, artless, shapeless, senseless, feckless, soulless, lustreless big budget pancake is a bona fide run-for-the-exit

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ABC’s iview showcases Australia’s Cannes filmmakers’ early work

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The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival kicks off this week and, as per usual, there are plenty of Australians participating. Nicole Kidman has been crowned the unofficial Queen of Cannes this year, appearing in two films in competition — Sofia Coppola’s Civil War drama The Beguiled and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Yorgos Lanthimos’s follow-up to the Oscar-nominated

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What ‘Get Out’ says about the media echo chamber

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Is the smash-hit horror-comedy Get Out, from debut feature writer/director and enfant terrible Jordan Peele, about racism? I could – and perhaps should – have prefaced those words with “At the risk of sounding like a philistine…” given its reputation as a savagely satirical piece of work precedes it. Anybody who knows anything about the

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