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David Rooney

Chief Film Critic

‘Blonde’ Review: Ana de Armas’ Haunted Marilyn Monroe Drowns in the Excesses of Andrew Dominik’s Woozy Reflection on Celebrity

Ana de Armas stars as Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik's adaptation for Netflix of Joyce Carol Oates’ novel fusing fact and fiction.

‘The Son’ Review: Hugh Jackman is Outstanding in Florian Zeller’s Otherwise Unrewarding Dirge

Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby and newcomer Zen McGrath star in this installment of Florian Zeller’s trilogy on mental health and its brutal impact on families.

‘See How They Run’ Review: Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan in Lifeless Riff on Agatha Christie

Adrien Brody, David Oyelowo and Ruth Wilson also star in this 1950s-set whodunit, framed against the 100th West End performance of ‘The Mousetrap.’

‘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.