Saturday Fiction

Saturday Fiction – Venice 2019 Review

Spy thrillers are one genre where it’s very easy to have too much of a good thing. They’re powered by secrets and twists, but Saturday Fiction is burdened with too much of the former at the start, and too...
Guest Of Honour

Guest of Honour – Venice 2019 Review

It’s a worrying sign when the quirky adventures of David Thewlis, Health Inspector, are more entertaining than your central thriller plot of sex, blackmail and murder. Guest of Honour throws together two...
Babyteeth

Babyteeth – Venice 2019 Review

It’s hard to avoid the twin evils of mawkishness and misery when making a film about cancer, but Shannon Murphy navigates those potential pitfalls brilliantly with Babyteeth, her debut feature. At first,...
The King

The King – Venice 2019 Review

Defeat the French at Agincourt? In that body? From his opening scenes as a spoilt emo princeling, whoring his way around Eastcheap, it’s hard to buy the French-American Timothée Chalamet as the legendary...
About Endlessness

About Endlessness – Venice 2019 Review

Roy Andersson must be a master of the throwaway dinner party anecdote. His work is filled with sharp vignettes of everyday life, where often very little happens, but somehow it holds a deep meaning. About...
It Chapter Two

It Chapter Two – Review

How do you make a film that’s half an adaptation of one of the greatest horror novels ever written, and a sequel to the highest-grossing horror movie of all time? Andy Muschetti’s answer seems to be: by...
Giants Being Lonely

Giants Being Lonely – Venice 2019 Review

It’s always promising when a film begins and you can’t immediately tell if it’s meant to be documentary or fiction. The ambiguity suggests a filmmaker ready to push their narrative in unusual directions...
Effetto Domino

Effetto Domino – Venice 2019 Review

Send a domino tumbling to the table and you know what will happen next. It’s chaotic, inevitable, and the perfect metaphor for how the financial crash played out across continents. Effetto Domino (Domino...
Wasp Network

Wasp Network – Venice 2019 Review

As the old idiom goes: "What begins as a terrible, incoherent, confusing mess will always end as one." This is slightly (and very purposefully) facetious, but it's far from an exaggeration to suggest that...
Seberg

Seberg – Venice 2019 Review

What is it, exactly, with all of this late-‘60s revivalism? Have the eighties played out already? Perhaps it’s a nostalgic symptom of turning into the next terrifyingly unsure decade – has America been...
Rojofeatured

Rojo – Review

Benjamín Naishtat’s Argentinian mystery Rojo follows Claudio (Darío Grandinetti), a prominent lawyer whose life begins to unravel after an odd encounter with a stranger. Set in 1975, Rojo’s Argentina is...
Marriage Story

Marriage Story – Venice 2019 Review

If your partner (or, perhaps, ex) is notching Emmy nominations while your play has just been shelved from Broadway, is it justifiable to be jealous? What if your marriage is actively obstructing your ambition?...
Crawl

Crawl – Review

This Sam Raimi-produced natural disaster thriller wastes no time getting going and maintains a breakneck pace throughout its 87-minute run time. Artistry is not the aim of Crawl – the main plot points and...
Pain And Glory

Pain and Glory – Review

It’s easy to throw a film like Pain and Glory into all sorts of boxes – boxes marked ‘self-portrait’, ‘self-indulgent’ and ‘love letter to cinema’ – but that would be to cheapen a beguiling...