22 July

22 July – Venice 2018 Review

How soon is too soon to make drama out of tragedy is a question that Hollywood has long wrestled with. 22 July director Paul Greengrass knows this terrain perhaps better than anyone, helming United 93 just...
Vox Lux

Vox Lux – Venice 2018 Review

Brady Corbet’s fascination with power and influence - so evident in his blistering debut about authoritarianism, The Childhood of a Leader - continues into his second feature about a beloved pop star,...
Acusada

The Accused – Venice 2018 Review

A splashy, flashy courtroom drama, The Accused feels, in many ways, like a throwback. In the era of Peak TV, where mysteries often unravel over tens of hours only to reveal further questions to be answered, a...
Suspiria

Suspiria – Venice 2018 Review

Suspiria is not a film to have mild feelings about. Like Darren Aronofsky’s mother!, Luca Guadagnino’s remake/reimagining arrives in Venice as a work of gonzo, philosophically minded horror that all but...
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Peterloo – Venice 2018 Review

For all the wrong reasons, you can tell Peterloo was a passion project for Mike Leigh, and that the longstanding, beloved auteur has a deep fascination for the period. Every scrap of historical detail about...
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Roma – Venice 2018 Review

Following up his lauded, game-changing Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron has chosen something a lot more grounded with Roma. A passion project for the filmmaker, he directs, writes, produces, edits, and acts as DOP for...
A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born – Venice 2018 Review

From the moment Lady Gaga was cast in this fourth big-screen iteration of A Star Is Born, everyone involved must have been thrilled to have its title take on such an obvious double meaning. She is, of course,...
The Mountain II

The Mountain – Venice 2018 Review

Imagine if someone told you there was a film in Venice competition that could be described as ‘like Twin Peaks but starring Jeff Goldblum’. Now, imagine the disappointment when that sentence is followed up...
First Man

First Man – Venice 2018 Review

Damien Chazelle trades in the arts for the sciences with First Man, focusing in on Neil Armstrong’s moon landing in this handsome, technically astonishing awards contender. It’s a surprising choice for the...