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VENICE 2015 – 11 Minutes (2015)

So many stories to tell and not a thing to watch. The latest from veteran Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, competing in the main competition at Venice, has plenty of flash and dash, and not much else. Jumping around a selection of thinly…

VENICE 2015 – De Palma (2015)

Whatever else you might think about Brian De Palma, he sparks strong reactions. Over the years, he’s been labelled a derivative misogynist from some corners of the press, and a technically brilliant master of tension by others. I’ve never…

Mistress America (2015)

Gerwig charms again, but she and Noah settle for easy Mistress America is a sort of Gatsby story. Tracy (the excellent Lola Kirke) is a Barnard College freshman and aspiring writer whose life in Manhattan is looking awfully drab till, in…

VENICE 2015 – Courted (2015)

Love in the most unromantic of circumstances, that’s what Christian Vincent serves up in Courted. Set in and around a French criminal court, he takes great pains to show us the roundabout machinations of this venerable institution of…

VENICE 2015 – Frenzy (2015)

Terror reigns in Emin Alper’s nightmarish vision of Istanbul. Bombs explode regularly leaving frantic emergency services scrambling to the next disaster zone. The military are out in force and a climate of fear has descended over the city.…

VENICE 2015 – Anomalisa (2015)

Welcome back Charlie, it’s been a while. Since 2008 in fact, far too long to have to be without his excoriating dismantling of the human psyche. Thankfully, he’s back in our midst, working with several members of the Community team to…

American Ultra (2015)

Misdirecting a comedy genre-buster What American Ultra first has to recommend it is its stars, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, a combo both obvious and odd (they were together for Adventureland in 2009) -- though this will…

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Beloved creep Steve Jobs was, unquestionably, a brilliant promoter, with a sense of drama and a gift for seizing the right moment. But he was no universal genius, and his moral and philosophical claims were shallow or false. He was not a…