Venice 2019: Ad Astra review

★★☆☆☆ It’s the near future: a time of “conflict and hope”, according to the first title cards of James Gray’s latest offering, the space drama Ad Astra. Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) is an unflappable astronaut with ice in his veins, and whose pulse doesn’t redline even as he falls to Earth Continue Reading

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Venice 2019: The Truth review

★★★☆☆ This year’s Venice Film Festival launched with The Truth, a very French comedy from Palme d’Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda, his first non-Japanese picture. Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) is an ageing star of French cinema. Her self-aggrandizing memoirs have just been published and her screenwriter daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche), along with Continue Reading