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'Holy Motors': Check out a clip from Leos Carax's acclaimed new big-screen head trip -- EXCLUSIVE

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French director Léos Carax’s new film Holy Motors is among the most memorable releases of 2012 — and quite possibly the most mystifying. Denis Lavant stars as a man whose job requires him to adopt an array of different personae in the course of the day, including that of a female panhandler, a motion-capture actor, and a gibberish-spouting, flower-eating, sewer-dweller who kidnaps Eva Mendes’ fashion model.

Confused? Well, that may be part of the point — and the fun. As my colleague Lisa Schwarzbaum wrote in her recent, glowing review, “Nothing makes ‘sense’ in this crazy-beautiful reverie about movies, love, the love of movies, and the inevitability of human melancholy … And yet everything is exactly as it should be in such an exhilarating puzzle, one of the grand cinematic eruptions of the year.”

Holy Motors is currently platforming out across the country and you can check out an exclusive clip — which finds Lavant’s character “playing” the aforementioned petal-chewer — below. You will also find the movie’s trailer. READ FULL STORY

Cannes: Robert Pattinson plays a lethal finance bad boy in David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis.' Plus, a Palme d'Or conspiracy theory

David Cronenberg is often the kind of director who makes art when he thinks he’s going mainstream (A Dangerous Method, The Fly) and winds up with a crock when he thinks he’s making art (the inexplicable 1996 Cannes Special Jury Prize winner Crash). Cosmopolis, which premiered this morning, may star the Most Coveted Sexy Franchise Heartthrob in the Universe, Robert Pattinson, but it is nevertheless in the icy, stultifying tradition of such hermetically sealed Cronenberg duds as M. Butterfly and Videodrome. For most of this one, we’re sealed in a white stretch limousine, the interiors of which Cronenberg shoots from symmetrical low angles, so that it feels as if we’re caught inside a black-leather rectangular room. Pattinson plays Eric Packer, a 28-year-old billionaire assets manager who orders his chauffeur to take him across Manhattan for a haircut. He stops and gets out for occasional meals in upscale coffee shops, but mostly, seated in his luxe chamber of a car, he hectors an underling (Jay Baruchel), has sex with one of his mistresses (Juliette Binoche), and holds court on the brave new world of cyber-capitalism, with its liquidly opaque digital ethereality and indomitable new breed of global-transactional high flier. READ FULL STORY

Cannes: 'The Paperboy,' starring Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman, proves that 'Precious' director Lee Daniels needs some common sense to go with his talent

When you hear about a movie that gets booed at the Cannes Film Festival, you tend to picture a monolithic thumbs-down chorus, like an ancient arena crowd turning on a gladiator. Actually, that’s not how it works. There is almost always at least some polite applause after film festival showings, so the boos, when they do happen, tend to be mixed in with clapping. That’s the sound I heard this morning when the closing credits rolled on Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy. And, in fact, that sound expressed my own feelings exactly. I wanted to do a catcall and clap encouragingly at the same time. READ FULL STORY

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