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David Rooney

Chief Film Critic

‘The Dry’: Film Review

Eric Bana plays a federal police detective drawn back to his rural Australian roots by a brutal crime that dovetails with an unsolved mystery from his adolescence in Robert Connolly's thriller.

Angelina Jolie in Taylor Sheridan’s ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’: Film Review

The star plays a Montana smokejumper who finds herself shepherding a traumatized boy to safety from a raging fire and two ruthless killers in this violent thriller.

Zack Snyder’s ‘Army of the Dead’: Film Review

Dave Bautista leads a crack team of mercenaries braving a quarantined Las Vegas zombie hot spot to attempt a multimillion-dollar heist in Zack Snyder's franchise kickoff for Netflix.

‘Oxygen’ (‘Oxygène’): Film Review

Mélanie Laurent plays an amnesiac who wakes up in a cryogenic pod with a countdown on her life in Alexandre Aja's lean Netflix sci-fi survival thriller.

‘Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse’: Film Review

Michael B. Jordan stars as a Navy SEAL caught up in a U.S.-Russian conspiracy while avenging the murder of his wife and unborn child in Stefano Sollima's visceral action thriller, streaming on Amazon.

Florence Welch to Score New Broadway-Bound ‘Great Gatsby’ Musical

The Florence and the Machine vocalist will collaborate with composer Thomas Bartlett, playwright Martyna Majok and director Rebecca Frecknall on a stage revamp of F. Scott Fitzgerald's timeless novel.

Critics’ Conversation: Maher, ‘Messiah,’ ‘Mank’ and Other Oscar Odds and Ends

Two THR critics weigh in on what the Oscars mean after a year of despair, offer differing takes on the polarizing 'Promising Young Woman,' and assess the progress and frustrations of an Academy in…

Oscars: Who Will Win, Who Should Win

In a year unlike any other, The Hollywood Reporter's award expert Scott Feinberg and chief film critic David Rooney hash out the likely winners and the most deserving…

‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines’: Film Review

A barely functional family becomes humanity's last hope when a robot apocalypse led by evil Olivia Colman interrupts their road trip in this Sony Animation feature, premiering on Netflix.

‘Romeo & Juliet’: TV Review

Josh O'Connor and Jessie Buckley play Shakespeare's tragic lovers, torn asunder by a bitter feud, in this National Theatre production reconceived for the screen and airing on PBS.

‘Naked Singularity’: Film Review | San Francisco 2021

John Boyega plays a New York public defender drawn into a dangerous heist in this crime thriller adapted from Sergio De La Pava's novel, also starring Olivia Cooke and Bill Skarsgård.

‘Voyagers’: Film Review

Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp and Fionn Whitehead play young space travelers whose expedition to colonize a distant planet spins into chaos in Neil Burger's sci-fi thriller, also starring Colin…