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,...
ParallelMothers

Parallel Mothers – Venice 2021 Review

Parallel Mothers is a twisting tale of two single mothers, Janis (Penélope Cruz) and Ana (Milena Smit), whose fates become entwined. Where some films could survive on just an affair, or just an unexpected...
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...

Ma Ma – Review

This deeply unfashionable weepie about the final-year dramas of a terminally ill woman would seem a remove from the usual signature of its maverick Basque director, Julio Medem. More commonly associated with...
Zoolander 2

Zoolander 2 – Review

Zoolander 2 boasts a plot far sillier than its predecessor – no mean feat, but very much a good thing – and is far more interested in drama and action. These latter elements are less successful, as...

The Counselor – Review

With a script by acclaimed novelist Cormac McCarthy, Scott’s latest is a movie of ideas given form as a thriller. Unjustly savaged by critics, the philosophical dialogue is at times difficult to follow...