Film reviews and more

Day: 6 September 2014

Venice 2014: ‘La Trattativa’ review

★★☆☆☆ During the early nineties a series of bombings rocked the cities of Italy. The violence was a response by the Mafia to a political class of socialists and Christian democrats who had come to power […]

Venice 2014: ‘Jackie & Ryan’ review

★★☆☆☆ Returning to the Venice Lido in the Orizzonti sidebar after her mildly gripping thriller Texas Killing Fields premièred here back in 2011, Ami Canaan Mann’s Jackie & Ryan (2014) is a fleetingly entertaining romantic drama […]

Film Review: ‘The Tribe’

★★★★★ Discussion of sensational new Ukrainian film The Tribe (2014), which premièred at Cannes to rave reviews earlier this year, is best begun the way that director Miroslav Slaboshpitsky chooses to open it. Lettering appears on […]

Toronto 2014: ‘Partners in Crime’ review

★★★☆☆ “If you run into anything unpleasant you must learn to face it yourself,” states a kindly counsellor in Chang Jung-chi’s sophomore feature Partners in Crime (Gong Fan, 2014). Little could she have imagined just the […]