The Long Week Closes: Counting the Days April 8, 2017

The Cannes Official Selection announcements are this coming Thursday and I’m dreading them slightly. I don’t know how the festival defines a “good” or “bad” year at Cannes, but since Mark Peranson once said that Uncle Boonmee winning the Palme d’Or in 2010 was (I’m paraphrasing here) “bad for business,” I don’t think it’s safe to assume Cannes will select offbeat films for the competition this year like they did in 2016. We’ll have to wait and see.

This week’s rundown features many new releases that have received mixed reviews. (Four, beginning with The Assignment.) In fact, if you look at our 2017 Rankings, four of those films rank as the worst-reviewed movies we’ve covered on this site this year. This occurred purely by happenstance. This week coincidentally featured a large number of divisive movies that have received enough good reviews to make them worth covering.

Graduation (Mungiu)

New Releases
Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation (Romania, 20 reviews)
Michal Marczak’s All These Sleepless Nights (Poland, 9 reviews)
Walter Hill’s The Assignment (United States, 12 reviews)
Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal (Spain/Canada, 14 reviews)
Joanna Arnow’s i hate myself 🙂 (United States, 4 reviews)
Werner Herzog’s Salt and Fire (France/Bolivia/US/Germany/Mexico, 6 reviews)

White Men Can’t Jump (Shelton)

Cinema of the Past
Ron Shelton’s White Men Can’t Jump (United States, 1992, 6 reviews)
Don Siegel’s The Beguiled (United States, 1971, 8 reviews)
Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (Japan, 2004, 9 reviews)

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