Rory O'Connor

[Cannes Review] I, Daniel Blake

It’s been two years since Ken Loach took Jimmy’s Hall -- a rather muted film by his standards, rumored at the time to be his swansong -- to the Competition here...

[Cannes Review] Sweet Dreams

Italians certainly do worship their Mammas, or so goes the narrative of Marco Bellocchio’s Sweet Dreams, which opened the Cannes Director’s Fortnight sidebar to...

[Berlin Review] A Quiet Passion

“You are alone you your revolution, Ms. Dickinson,” spouts a stoic headmistress in the opening sequence of A Quiet Passion, a biopic of 19th-century American po...

[Berlin Review] Paris 05:59

In 2004, it looked as if Team America: World Police had hammered the last nail in the coffin for cinema's definitive sex scene. Then, last year, in Anomalisa, C...

[Berlin Review] Uncle Howard

How many great filmmakers have been lost as a result of disease and human catastrophe? That seems to be the question on the mind of documentary filmmaker Aaron ...

[Berlin Review] Midnight Special

Ambiguity might be the most useful item in the science fiction toolbox. Blade Runner’s mysteries still rob people of sleep, and you’d need a wall chart to work ...

[Berlin Review] Hedi

The protagonist and namesake of Mohamed Ben Attia’s Hedi certainly isn’t cinema’s first leading man to seek validation from a more free-spirited woman, and it's...

[Venice Review] De Palma

Earlier this year, Kent Jones’ Hitchcock /Truffaut -- a documentary on the famous interview sessions between the two directors -- boasted perhaps the most chaot...