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David Rooney

Chief Film Critic

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‘Amsterdam’ Review: Christian Bale and Margot Robbie Head Starry Ensemble in David O. Russell’s Chaotic Cautionary Tale

The 1930s-set comedy thriller’s stacked cast also includes John David Washington, Robert De Niro, Rami Malek, Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Rock, Zoe Saldaña and Taylor Swift.

Critics’ Picks: Cate Blanchett, Steven Spielberg Films Among the 15 Best of the Fall Festivals

Career highs from Blanchett and Colin Farrell, new docs by Laura Poitras and Werner Herzog, and Spielberg's moving cine-memoir are among THR critics’ 15 favorites from Venice, Telluride and Toronto.

‘Goodnight Mommy’ Review: Naomi Watts Loses Out in a Horror Remake that Dilutes the Chills

Matt Sobel reworks the 2014 Austrian nerve-shredder about twin brothers convinced the bandaged woman in their home recovering from surgery is not their mother.

‘My Policeman’ Review: Harry Styles and Emma Corrin Bring Minimal Heat to Tepid Gay Melodrama

A complicated love triangle in 1950s Brighton gets untangled 40 years later in Michael Grandage’s romantic drama, premiering in Toronto ahead of its Amazon release.

‘Causeway’ Review: Jennifer Lawrence and Brian Tyree Henry Elevate Gentle Drama About Trauma and Connection

Jennifer Lawrence plays a soldier wounded in Afghanistan whose return home to New Orleans stirs up earlier emotional damage in Lila Neugebauer’s first feature.

‘No Bears’ Review: Jafar Panahi’s Bold Meditation on the Personal and Political Freedoms of the Artist

Iranian former Golden Lion winner Jafar Panahi, imprisoned and subject to a filmmaking ban in his country, returns to Venice with 'No Bears,' his fifth and perhaps most chilling clandestine production.

‘The Inspection’ Review: Jeremy Pope Is Stellar in Elegance Bratton’s Stirring Account of His Experience as a Gay Marine

Jeremy Pope stars with Gabrielle Union, Bokeem Woodbine and Raúl Castillo in Elegance Bratton's autobiographical drama of a resilient spirit rising above entrenched homophobia.

‘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.