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There hasn’t been a bigger crowd anywhere in Cannes this year than the one for Ryan Gosling’s “Lost River.” Reminiscent of a  lot of indie films, “Lost River” nevertheless in an impressive debut as Gosling wrote the sort of post-apocalyptic script and directed it with a real eye. Cinematography is outstanding. Christina Hendricks of “Mad Men” fame is luminous and shows that she should be someone’s lead actress all the time. There’s very nice work from Ben Mendelsohn and Saorise Ronan and a little boy who steals the film. Gosling has certainly been influenced by his own director friend Nicholas Winding Refn. That’s not a bad thing at all.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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