Venice 2019 VR Dispatch: COSMOS WITHIN US Is Perhaps The Biennale's Brightest Star

The Venice Biennale's VR Island continues to be one of the festival's most exciting, ambitious and promising projects, even if its commitment to this fledgling form of cinema is by far one of its newest. In fact, if last year's...

Venice 2019 Review: THE KING Lets Slip The Horrors Of War

Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton and Robert Pattinson star in the historical drama, directed by David Michod.

Venice 2019 Review: MADRE Takes Short To Feature From 0-100 MPH

With a background mostly in Spanish TV, and more recently features, writer-director Rodrigo Sorogoyen is a man who definitely knows how to grab your attention. Unlike me, you shouldn't write off this Spanish-French coproduction simply because of its painfully unoriginal...

Venice 2019 Review: MARRIAGE STORY Tells The Light And Dark Sides Of Divorce

Director Noah Baumbach has had a hand in some truly wonderful movies in his time, whether it be the likes of Wes Anderson's beautifully playful The Fantastic Mr Fox or the black-and-white game-changer Frances Ha, which he and Greta Gerwig...

Review: THE NIGHTINGALE, Dark, Bleak, Horrifying

Aisling Franciosi stars in director Jennifer Kent's historic drama.

Now on Blu-ray: Guadagnino's SUSPIRIA Is An All New Witchy Vision

Upon hearing the news that director Luca Guadagnino, he of I am Love/A Bigger Splash fame, was going to direct a remake of Dario Argento's signature balletic nightmare, Suspiria, many fans of the original were querulous to say the least. When...

Review: THE FAVOURITE, Alternative, Off-Beat British Satire

Yorgos Lanthimos, the lauded king of Greek New Wave, seems to be having an indisputable renaissance since he has fallen in with British production company Film4. It may be sad that the director has since struggled to secure financing in...

Review: THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS, The Coens Struggle on Netflix

Netflix's seemingly low-key ongoing rebrand tripped over frustratingly familiar stumbling blocks with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Originially conceived of as a series -- and only quite recently announced as a converted feature -- The Ballad of Buster Scruggs definitely bares...

Review: SUSPIRIA, Creating New Flames From the Ashes of a Classic

It's honestly difficult to know where to start with Luca Guadagnino's adaptation of Dario Argento's deeply loved and cherished Suspiria. This film is something you really have to take away with you -- like a curse. The first thing you...

Review: FIRST MAN, Incredibly Cinematic and Nerve-Wracking

Damien Chazelle has not disappointed. Now onto his third excellent feature in a row, safe-hands Chazelle seems to be on a roll that knows no bounds -- and in many ways, First Man is a perfect, meteoric success. Perhaps Chazelle's...

Venice 2018 Review: THE NIGHTINGALE Sings Out In Dark Rage

With her sophomore effort, filmmaker Jennifer Kent has tapped into something much, much darker.

Venice 2018 Review: ISIS, TOMORROW: THE LOST SOULS OF MOSUL, a Haunting New Angle

Playing out of competition at the 75th Venice Biennale, Fancesca Mannocchi and Alessio Romenzi's ISIS, Tomorrow: The Lost Souls of Mosul definitely stands out as a documentary that is boldly flying the flag for a major social crisis taking place...

Venice 2018 VR Dispatch: Infectiously Good Stuff From The Island of VR

For the last few years, the Venice Biennale has dramatically stepped up its support for virtual and augmented reality content. Now, we find ourselves at point where the festival is dedicating a whole custom space on Lazaretto Vecchio to championing...

Venice 2018 Review: SUSPIRIA, A Totally New WTF Experience

It's honestly difficult to know where to start with Luca Guadagnino's adaptation of Dario Argento's deeply loved and cherished Suspiria. It's a film that understandably seems particularly sacred to the Italian critics here at the 75th Venice Biennale, and Guadagnino's...

Venice 2018 Review: THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS, The Coens Misfire In New Netflix Western

As a single collection of stories, Joel and Ethan Coen's latest film just really doesn't come off.

Venice 2018 Review: THE FAVOURITE, Lanthimos' Sassy, Fresh Period Comedy

Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz star in the latest film by Yorgos Lanthimos.

Venice 2018 Review: FIRST MAN, Chazelle and Gosling Reunite For One Hell of a Space Force

Now onto his third excellent feature in a row, filmmaker Damien Chazelle seems to be on a roll that knows no bounds.

Review: LEAN ON PETE, Racing to Rock Bottom

If you’re a big fan of dramas like myself, then a review with the words “Andrew Haigh” plus “greatest tragedy” might well make you think that you’re onto a winner. Unfortunately, Lean on Pete isn’t the Andrew Haigh entry into...

Review: ISLE OF DOGS, Absolute Nerdy Fun

Already hotly anticipated by the director's fiercly loyal fans ever since the film's trailer was dropped by Fox Searchlight last year, Wes Anderson's brilliant animated feature Isle of Dogs does not disappoint and proves to be quite another little idiosyncratic gem in...

Review: UNSANE, A Psychological Thriller of the Highest Order

Depending on your thoughts about Logan Lucky, it was possible to worry that Steven Soderbergh had hit a bit of a bump in the road last year, but fortunately the director of prized titles like Ocean's Eleven, Magic Mike and Erin...