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Robin Hood - Looking very much like Gladiator with just a time and location change, this is the latest mega-bucks version that seeks to tell the 'true' story of the man who lived in Nottingham Forest and stole from the rich, etc. Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe, along with Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian, the film opened this year's Cannes Film Festival this week but was not enthusiastically received by many of the reviewers, with complaints of too much fighting, too many clichés and too little soul. The film actually reaches far beyond the confines of a Midlands wood and sees Robin fighting in France as a crack archer before returning home and falling for Marian; the idea being to explain how Robin became Robin Hood in the war-torn atmosphere of the time. If you liked Gladiator and were pretty happy with Kevin Costner's rendition of the man in green tights, you're bound to enjoy this.
Canino (Dogtooth) - Greek family drama that depicts the life of three children who are not allowed beyond the high wall that surrounds their home, and have no idea of what the world outside is like. One day, the only person allowed into their isolation from outside, Cristina, who works for their father's company, brings a gift to one of the daughters and disrupts the family's hermit-like existence.
Rosa y Negro - Set in the time of the Spanish Inquisition, this film sees a group of French fashion designers, perfume-makers and hairdressers travel to the peninsula commissioned to work on the wedding of a Spanish nobleman's daughter. Amongst the French group, there are differing religious beliefs and sexual orientation, and the visitors find themselves very much at odds with local society, from where both Jews and Muslims have been expelled and the Catholic Church has won the upper hand.
Reykjavik Rotterdam - Icelandic thriller from 2008 that tells the story of a fisherman who is fired for smuggling illegal alcohol into the country. Although he tries to find alternative means of making his living, he doesn't take long for him to fall back into his old habits, tempted by the high price that alcohol can reach in Iceland.
Two Lovers - Joaquim Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow star in this dramatic romance film, with Vanessa Shaw making up the complex love triangle and support from Isabella Rossellini. Phoenix plays Leonard, a man with emotiional 'issues' who returns to his hometown in Brooklyn to spend some time with his parents. There he meets and falls in love with two very different women, Michelle (Paltrow) and Sandra (Shaw).