Monday Movie Report: Cannes Film Fest Lineup Taking Shape

One of the world’s most prestigious film festivals has put together its lineup for this year’s edition.

According to Variety, films to be screened at the fest include new work by directors Spike Lee, Jean-Luc Godard, Pawel Pawlikowski and David Robert Mitchell.

Lee, known best for his films “Do the Right Thing” and “Malcom X,” will be presenting his new feature “BlacKkKlansman.” Godard, a French-Swiss director known for his movie “Breathless,” will have his new picture “The Image Book” screened.

Pawlikowski, whose 2015 film “Ida” won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, will have his new picture “Cold War” shown. Finally, Mitchell, who wrote and directed the critically acclaimed “It Follows,” will get his new thriller “Under the Silver Lake” screened.

Additionally, the festival will hold a special screening event to premiere “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

The amount of films in the festival’s competition lineup, though, is just at 18 titles. Variety reports that this is the smallest it’s been in decades.

In Variety’s article, fest director Thierry Fremaux noted that American companies can get nervous about how a film’s reception is at Cannes when it comes to the awards and box office results, meaning that there may be less from the States. Plus, Variety also wrote that this year Netflix productions were excluded from competition.

The reason for this, Variety reports, is based on French law, where a three-year window must exist between a theatrical release and streaming. As a result, Cannes excluded them unless Netflix “agreed to sell theatrical rights to a French distributor.”

This year’s festival is scheduled from May 8-19.

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At the weekend box office, it was a couple of monster movies from two very different genres battling for the No. 1 spot. In the end, it was the action flick “Rampage” that beat out the horror “A Quiet Place.” “Rampage” finished at $34.5 million while “Quiet” took in $32.6 million.

The full top five from the weekend was:
1. Rampage – $34,500,000
2. A Quiet Place – $32,600,000
3. Truth or Dare – $19,080,000
4. Ready Player One – $11,205,000
5. Blockers – $10,295,000

This coming weekend’s releases, meanwhile, include two comedies with “Super Troopers 2” and “I Feel Pretty” as well as a thriller titled “Traffik.” The box office will likely be won by “Super Troopers 2,” as it’s one of the most anticipated sequels, but it could still get some competition from “Rampage.” There should be no competition in the weekend after, though, as “Avengers: Infinity War” smashes into theaters.

For the small screen, home releases this week include:

  • The Post, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88%, My Rating: 3.6 out of 5
  • The Commuter, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 57%
  • The Only Living Boy in New York, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 33%

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