ParallelMothers

Parallel Mothers – Review

This film was previously reviewed in September 2021 as part of our Venice Film Festival coverage. Parallel Mothers is a twisting tale of two single mothers, Janis (Penélope Cruz) and Ana (Milena Smit),...
The Lost Daughter Olivia

The Lost Daughter – Review

This film was previously reviewed in September 2021 as part of our Venice Film Festival coverage. Directing your debut feature as an established actor has its pros and cons. You can call in favours to land...
ThePoweroftheDog

The Power of the Dog – Review

This film was previously reviewed in September 2021 as part of our Venice Film Festival coverage. Jane Campion’s latest film, an adaptation of Thomas Savage’s The Power of the Dog, is a masterful...
The Card Counter

The Card Counter – Review

This film was previously reviewed in September 2021 as part of our coverage for Venice Film Festival. The Card Counter marks a highly anticipated return for Paul Schrader, after his career-best First...
Spencer Film

Spencer – Review

This film was previously reviewed in September 2021 as part of our Venice Film Festival coverage. Pablo Larraín’s Princess Diana biopic, Spencer, gets about as far away from a cradle-to-grave template as...
ATJ

Last Night in Soho – Review

This film was previously reviewed in September 2021 as part of our Venice Film Festival coverage. Last Night in Soho starts shakily, with the slow establishment of Ellie’s (Thomasin McKenzie) move to...
Freshman Year Shithouse SXSW

Freshman Year – Review

The college coming-of-age story is such a tried-and-tested subgenre that it’s impressive when someone offers a new take. Freshman Year, the debut feature from writer, director and lead, Cooper Raiff, shows...
The Falls Pubu Venice 2021

The Falls – Venice 2021 Review

There are sure to be countless Covid films tackling the biggest global disruption of our lifetimes, and The Falls takes an interesting approach, relegating this cataclysm to a sub-plot. We begin in Taipei,...
Official Competition

Official Competition – Venice 2021 Review

Official Competition brings a mischievous premise worth the admission fee alone: acclaimed director Lola Cuevas (Penélope Cruz) is hired to make a prestigious adaptation with two of Spain’s finest actors,...
Ariaferma

The Inner Cage – Venice 2021 Review

The Inner Cage’s rural Sardinian prison is due to be shut down, but an administrative hiccup forces a skeleton staff to remain and guard a dozen prisoners who can’t be moved elsewhere yet. Every frame...
E Stata La Mano Di Dio 2

The Hand of God – Venice 2021 Review

The Hand of God is Paolo Sorrentino’s most personal film yet, re-telling key events of his youth in Naples, including the tragic moment that left him orphaned. His films have always had an air of melancholy,...
Frankie

Frankie – Review

This film was previously reviewed in May 2019 as part of our Cannes Film Festival coverage. Any film not made for mass audiences is always at risk of sliding into a montage of first world problems, such is...