Venice: 5 Films Not to Miss at the Festival

6:00 AM 8/27/2018

by David Rooney

The Hollywood Reporter critic David Rooney's picks include a Western starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Joaquin Phoenix and Bradley Cooper's Lady Gaga starrer 'A Star Is Born.'

'A Star is Born'
'A Star is Born'
Courtesy of Neal Preston/Warner Bros. Entertainment

  • 'The Sisters Brothers'

    Jake Gyllenhaal and 
Riz Ahmed are pursued by 
outlaws Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly in French auteur Jacques Audiard's English-language Western.

  • 'Roma'

    Shot in black and white with a cast of unknowns, Alfonso Cuaron's autobiographical drama focuses on a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City.

  • 'The Favourite'

    Prolific Greek iconoclast Yorgos Lanthimos offers up an 18th century female power struggle starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.

  • 'A Star Is Born'

    Bradley Cooper makes 
his directing debut and also 
stars as a downward-
spiraling alcoholic guiding the career of a young singer played by Lady Gaga.

  • 'The Nightingale'

    Courtesy of Causeway Films

    Australian actress turned director Jennifer Kent's second feature is a Gothic revenge thriller set in 1825 in the British penal colony now known as Tasmania.

    This story first appeared in the Aug. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.