At Cannes, Talk of 'Money' And Of 'Stranger' Things Film critic Kenneth Turan reports in as the annual swirl of celebs, sand and cinema wraps up in the South of France. On Turan's list of notable premieres: Oliver Stone's Wall Street sequel, Woody Allen's latest downer and a perceptive, moving relationship portrait from the redoubtable director Mike Leigh.
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Hi, Ken.

KENNETH TURAN: How are you doing?

NEARY: I'm good. And I bet you're having a good time.

TURAN: The weather's good. When the weather's good, you can't complain.

NEARY: Well, let's start by talking about one of Cannes' more mainstream offerings this year - director Oliver Stone's sequel to his 1980s film "Wall Street." Was "Wall Street" worth revisiting?

TURAN: Well, they've put a new title on it. It's called "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." And it was okay. You know, I mean, there are so many arty films here that to have one of these big juicy Hollywood movies here, where everyone's kind of licking their chops and bad guys are being evil was kind of refreshing in some way.

NEARY: Now, I know both Woody Allen and British director Mike Leigh had films at Cannes this year. And from what I've read, they weren't exactly uplifting movies.

TURAN: And he follows really a couple here, and a friend of theirs, through the course of a year. And you just see kind of what life does to them, what happens to them, how they react to life circumstances. And it's a very rich, very involving film - very, very moving, actually.

NEARY: What other feature films should we be watching for coming out of Cannes?

TURAN: And it stars Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. And it's a very involving film. It's a very - it's not just a political film, it's a film that's kind of engaging about relationships, about the marriage between these two people and what getting caught up in the Bush White House shenanigans really did to them.

NEARY: Now, I know documentaries were also being shown in Cannes this year. What documentaries should we be aware of?

TURAN: And for people who don't think they've really been able to understand it, don't really know what happened, don't really know who's to blame, this film really lays it out in really good detail. And it's quite fascinating, quite astonishing, and really, I think, it's as riveting as kind of documentary work gets.

NEARY: Any idea who's going to get the awards when they're given out this weekend?

TURAN: Boy, it's hard to know, you know. I mean, awards are - unlike the Oscars, where the same people vote every year, every jury is different. It would be foolhardy to guess. People guess every year and they're always wrong.

NEARY: And Tim Burton's heading the jury this year, is that right?

TURAN: Tim Burton is heading the jury this year, and you know, he's in general a person that's not easy to figure out. So what he's going to go for and what he's going to lead the jury to are really hard to say.

NEARY: All right. Well, thanks, Ken.

TURAN: Thank you, Lynn.

NEARY: Kenneth Turan reviews movies for MORNING EDITION and the Los Angeles Times.

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