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2022 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 3 – James Gray’s Armageddon Time

James Gray makes a fifth trip to the Palme d’Or competition with Armageddon Time – his eighth feature film. Following The Yards (2000), We Own the Night (2007), Two Lovers (2008), and The Immigrant (2013), this new project features newcomer child actors Banks Repeta and Jaylin Webb who are surrounded (and supported at least in theory) here by a world of adults: supervisors, teachers, parents, grandparents and other people in positions of authority. Supporting players include Anne Hathaway, Anthony Hopkins and corporal punishment for your own good father played by Jeremy Strong.

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A set in the 1980’s coming-of-age story about parental support and the explicit lack of, this features Queens, the middle class during the Ronald Reagan era — Gray’s most personal story yet.

Mubi Cannes 2022

A first bonafide feature on our leaderboard, so far with more than half of the grades in we find no score under the 3 star marks averaging for a 3.4. We still got about a half dozen grades to filter in — but this is an audience pleaser.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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