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Four to watch for

From Cannes to the multiplex
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 26, 2010

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Sweaty Palmes: The Cannes 2010 jury picks some winners, but some head-scratchers, too. By Lisa Nesselson.
These Cannes-debuting films will soon be appearing in your local neighborhood googleplex.

Fair Game — Covert CIA operative Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) and her husband, onetime ambassador Joe Wilson (Sean Penn), went to hot, dusty, dangerous places, applying their smarts and guts to geopolitical chess. The US might not manufacture much anymore, but we remain the world’s leading source of movies about dedicated employees who piss off their powerful and vindictive bosses.

Inside Job — Charles Ferguson assembles non-repentant talking heads, irrefutable graphics, and a contained but justifiable sense of outrage into a stunning doc, masterfully proving his assertion that the global financial meltdown “was not an accident.”

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps — Characters keep saying it’s “not about the money.” Yeah, right. Oliver Stone entertainingly revisits the wit and wisdom of Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) who — repeat after me — was not supposed to be a role model.

Carlos — Olivier Assayas’s riveting five-and-a-half-hour-long portrait of charismatic Venezuelan revolutionary-cum-terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez (a/k/a Carlos the Jackal) whose mercenary chutzpah was — literally — all over the map, is a breathtaking triumph of bravado filmmaking.

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