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David Rooney

Chief Film Critic

‘Lord of the Ants’ Review: Gianni Amelio Finds the Pathos in a Shameful Italian Chapter of Anti-Gay Repression

Luigi Lo Cascio plays a public intellectual whose sexuality made him an inquisition target in late 1960s Rome in Gianni Amelio's courtroom drama.

‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Review: Florence Pugh and Harry Styles Can’t Redeem Olivia Wilde’s Stale Reality-Warp Nightmare

Florence Pugh, Harry Styles and Chris Pine star in Olivia Wilde's mind-bending psycho-thriller set in an idyllic community where perfect Eisenhower-era values hide something sinister underneath.

‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ Review: Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson Reunite with Martin McDonagh in Vintage Form

Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan also star in this dark comedy premiering in the Venice competition, about the abrupt breakup of lifelong friends, sparking violence, suffering and self-reflection.

‘The Whale’ Review: Brendan Fraser Is Heart-Wrenching in Darren Aronofsky’s Portrait of Regret and Deliverance

Brendan Fraser stars in Darren Aronofsky's affecting chamber drama, adapted by Samuel D. Hunter from his play about grief and salvation.

‘Pearl’ Review: Ti West and Mia Goth’s ‘X’ Prequel Delivers More Technicolor Camp Than Horror

The indie exploitation veteran and his starry-eyed leading lady trace the murderous mayhem of broken dreams on a Texas farm in the lush style of a midcentury melodrama in A24’s Venice premiere.

‘Master Gardener’ Review: A Brooding Joel Edgerton Can’t Make Paul Schrader’s Belabored Allegory Bloom

Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver and Quintessa Swindell star in Paul Schrader's drama about a dedicated horticulturalist reckoning with his violent past.

‘Athena’ Review: Director Romain Gavras Ignites the Paris Projects with Technical Virtuosity

Romain Gavras' Netflix thriller chronicles the conflict that rips apart three brothers when video circulates of their youngest sibling apparently being killed by cops, sparking a riot in the Paris projects.

‘Bones and All’ Review: Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet in Luca Guadagnino’s Tender Cannibal Romance

Mark Rylance, Michael Stuhlbarg, André Holland and Chloë Sevigny also appear in this road movie debuting in the Venice competition, about young outsiders finding a home in each other.

‘Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths’ Review: Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Meandering Return to Mexico

Oscar winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu returns to Mexico for this deep dive into his own past and the collective past of his country, weighing his celebrated artistic profile against the intimate rewards of family.

‘Tár’ Review: Cate Blanchett Astounds in Todd Field’s Blistering Character Study

Cate Blanchett plays a celebrated composer-conductor whose reputation is suddenly shattered by revelations of her personal life in Todd Field's caustic dissection of power dynamics.

‘White Noise’ Review: Adam Driver and Noah Baumbach Take a Bold Stab but Don DeLillo’s Novel Still Seems Unfilmable

Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig and Don Cheadle star in Noah Baumbach's absurdist apocalyptic vision of one family grappling with the specter of disaster and death in this Netflix adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel.

Venice: THR Chief Film Critic’s Top 6 Most Anticipated Titles

1. The Banshees of Inisherin  The rugged Aran Islands off Ireland’s west coast were evocative settings for two lauded Martin McDonagh plays, The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. But the intended third part of that trilogy was never produced or published; the playwright expressed doubts about its merits and stated a desire to return to […]