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David Rooney

Chief Film Critic

Critic’s Appreciation: Angela Lansbury, a Class Act From a Vanishing Breed

The beloved star of stage and screen made a graceful exit in her sleep at 96, the only kind of exit this lifelong trouper could make.

‘My Father’s Dragon’ Review: Classic Children’s Book Gets a Sweet Retelling

Nora Twomey of Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon brings hand-drawn 2D magic to the fantastical tale, with a voice cast led by Jacob Tremblay and Gaten Matarazzo.

Critic’s Notebook: Lea Michele Finally Gets Her Shot at ‘Funny Girl,’ and Nails It

The ‘Glee’ star steps triumphantly into the role of Fanny Brice in the Broadway musical revival that proved a poor fit for Beanie Feldstein.

‘Till’ Review: Danielle Deadwyler Is Shattering as a Mother Whose Grief Helped Galvanize the Civil Rights Movement

Director Chinonye Chukwu follows ‘Clemency’ with this account of Emmett Till’s lynching and the resilient woman who channeled her pain into the fight against racial injustice, premiering at the New York Film Festival.

‘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.