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Venice 2016: Voyage of Time review

★☆☆☆☆ Director? Malick? Where have you gone? There was a time when you took the lives of individual characters – sociopathic youth, itinerant workers, a platoon of soldiers – and via them glimpsed the sublime through […]

Venice 2016: These Days review

★☆☆☆☆ Venice is notorious for foisting shoddy local produce on its delegates, but this year has been particularly chronic. Director Alberto Barbera admitted in an interview that many of the best Italian filmmakers had either just […]

Venice 2016: Planetarium review

★★★★☆ Natalie Portman must love Venice. When twirling psycho-ballerina drama Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan debuted on the Lido in 2010, Portman definitively glissaded away from her precocious debut in Luc Besson’s Leon and all those godawful […]

Venice 2016: Paradise review

★★★☆☆ There’s a lot that’s wonderful about Andrei Konchalovsky’s Holocaust drama Paradise and yet there’s something fundamentally wrong with the film. Beginning in France in the 1940s, we first meet a French police officer in the […]

Venice 2016: On the Milky Road review

★★★☆☆ Emir Kusturica enters the race for the Golden Lion with On the Milky Road, a bonkers Balkan wartime romance that, with its full fat, double cream richness, may be too much for many. That said, […]