birdman reviews

When we heard Michael Keaton was doing a new superhero movie, everyone got interested. When we heard he’d be joined by Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts, the film became anticipated. Then we heard it would be directed by Alejandro González Inarritu, in one single take, it became one of our most anticipated films of the year. (That trailer didn’t hurt either.)

Now that film, Birdman, is out there. It had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival and the reviews were overwhelmingly, almost embarrassingly positive. Read some early Birdman reviews below. Read More »

.

Please Recommend /Film on Facebook

Gravity

It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven long years since Alfonso Cuarón released his last movie, the dystopian sci-fi Children of Men. But at least he’s made his new film worth the wait, if early Venice Film Festival reviews are anything to go by.

Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as two astronauts — she a newbie, he a veteran. While on a mission, a bit of floating debris knocks into their shuttle, sending them floating into outer space and struggling to survive.

Reactions from an early test screening last year were mostly quite positive, and now that the film’s complete the praise is even more glowing. Hit the jump to see what the critics are saying.

Read More »

An almost ridiculous amount of information about Terrence Malick‘s latest film, To The Wonder, has made its way online and if it was for almost any other film, I’d advise you to look away. Why would you want to spoil yourself? But this is Terrence Malick, and even if you know the entire plot, musical accompaniment and more about one of his films, odds are nothing can come close to ruining the surprises he has in store once you sit down in the theater.

To The Wonder will have it’s world premiere this weekend at the Venice Film Festival and stars Ben AffleckRachel McAdamsOlga Kurylenko, and Javier Bardem. After the jump, read a detailed plot description, a reason why that might not be important at all, the soundtrack listing and much more. Seriously, it’s an embarassment of Terrence Malick riches. Read More »

Just two films into her directorial career, Sarah Polley‘s demonstrated an affinity for intimate, bittersweet dramas whether they be about senior citizens battling Alzheimer’s or pretty young things staving off boredom. However, it’s her third effort that looks to be her most personal yet.

Polley is moving into documentary with Stories We Tell, and the subject she’s chosen is her own family history. Which doesn’t sound all that exciting when I put it that way, I know. But the Polley clan apparently has some interesting stuff to say, and critics at Venice are taking notice. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

Read More »

One of the most anticipated films of the Venice Film Festival was Tomas Alfredson‘s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which is a new take on John le Carré‘s 1974 cold-war thriller novel. The film remakes the well-loved 1979 BBC version starring Alec Guinness as retired MI6 agent George Smiley, called back to action to uncover a mole infesting the agency, aka ‘the Circus.’ This version features  Gary Oldman as Smiley, with supporting players Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke.

The first reviews of the film came out of Venice over the weekend and they position the film as one that fulfills most of the hopes we’ve developed based upon the material and cast. Notes from a handful of reviews follow after the break, along with four artful posters and one clip from the film.

Read More »

The trailer for George Clooney‘s fourth film, the political drama The Ides of March, suggested that the film might turn out to be a good character piece that has appeal beyond the limits of a political drama that is locked in a four-year old contest. (The source material is Beau Willimon’s play Farragut North, which is sourced from Howard Dean’s 2004 primary campaign.)

Now the film has bowed at Venice, and a handful of reviews are in. Cautiously positive seems to be the overall average, and we’ve got a handful of quotes from Venice attendees below. Read More »

The last competition slot in the Venice Film Festival has now been taken: Life Without Principle, the latest film from prolific Hong Kong director Johnnie To, will now be programmed alongside much-anticipated films like Carnage, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Shame, and Alps.

If the punning title didn’t already give you the heads-up, Life Without Principle appears to be a multi-strand thriller with roots in the recent economic crisis. A trailer has been kicking around for a while, originally premiering on Facebook. I was sure we’d run it, mostly because I’m always eager to check out a new To film. But we never did, so have a look at the brief teaser after the break. More story info and the film’s currency-influenced poster await as well. Read More »

Hot on the heels of the release of a massive batch of films that will appear in the Toronto Film Festival, we’ve got the main lineup for the 68th Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 31 to September 10.

We knew that George Clooney‘s The Ides of March would open the fest (the trailer premiered last night and you can see it here) and this list confirms quite a few films that we imagined would be playing Venice. Our very much anticipated spy thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy from Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson is on the list, as is Roman Polanski‘s tense closed-room drama Carnage, starring Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz. And there is Alps, the second film from polarizing Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose film Dogtooth shocked, entertained and angered festival audiences in 2009.

The full list is after the break. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web: