Monday Movie Report: Cannes Festival introduces closing film

One of the world’s most prominent film festivals is taking place this month, and organizers have selected the final movie to screen for the event.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cannes will screen “The Specials,” a picture from the directing duo of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. The two are known for working together on the French dramedy, titled “The Intouchables.”

The picture is set to premiere during the closing ceremony on May 25. Along with the screening, the closing ceremony will also feature the announcement of the Palme d’Or, the festival’s highest honor.

“The Specials” stars Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb and follows social workers who speak with autistic teens.

Past closing films include 2017’s “The Square,” which earned a Best Foreign Language Film Nomination from the Academy Awards. When it comes to the Palme d’Or, winners include last year’s picture “Shoplifters,” which went on to earn a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.


At the weekend box office, it was “Avengers: Endgame” earning the top spot for the second time, with $145.8 million in North America. Worldwide, the fourth “Avengers” has reached $2.19 billion, making it the second highest grossing film of all time, surpassing “Titanic.”

“Avatar” is still the highest earning movie with $2.78 billion. However, if “Endgame” continues to have a good couple weeks in May, there’s a chance it could pass “Avatar.”

The full top five this weekend was:

1. Avengers Endgame – $145,804,000
2. The Intruder – $11,000,000
3. Long Shot – $10,025,000
4. Uglydolls – $8,510,000
5. Captain Marvel – $4,4276,000

For the upcoming weekend, new releases include the video game adaptation “Detective Pikachu,” as well as two comedies in “The Hustle” and “Poms.”

On the small screen, meanwhile, new releases are:

  • The LEGO Movie 2, my rating: 3.75 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.60 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 87%.
  • What Men Want, my rating: 2 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2.79 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 45%.
  • The Prodigy, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 45%.
  • Everybody Knows, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 78%.

Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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