Rory O'Connor

[Venice Review] Heart of a Dog

As the Venice Film Festival enters its final phase, the competition throws up perhaps its most unknown quantity as celebrated New York City polymath Laurie Ande...

[Venice Review] Anomalisa

What exactly has been brewing in Charlie Kaufman’s head for the last 7 years? This heart-wrenchingly worrying film, it seems....

[Venice Review] The Event

If the films competing for the Gold Lion so far this year have taken an abstract, decorative or glamorized view of the real world, the ones being shown in the o...

[Venice Review] Janis

A chance oddity has occurred in the great European festivals this year. With no clear discernable connection between them, biopics of arguably the three most fa...

[Venice Review] Equals

Lobbing the proverbial one up for dissatisfied critics to knock out of the ballpark, Drake Doremus’ Equals is a love story set in a dystopian future where emoti...

[Venice Review] In Jackson Heights

How amazing it is that a human being one century from now can fire up their wind-powered neuro-image-emitter, put on Frederick Wiseman’s In Jackson Heights, and...

[Venice Review] Spotlight

The latest film from Thomas McCarthy, the actor-turned-director behind The Station Agent and Win Win, focuses on the Pulitzer-winning Spotlight team from the Bo...

[Venice Review] Beasts of No Nation

If there were any question marks still floating over Cary Fukunaga’s credentials, his latest film, Beasts of No Nation, should flick them aside with ease. Based...

[Venice Review] Everest

Curtain raisers seldom come more bombastic than the last two films to open the Venice Film Festival, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity in 2013, and Alejandro González Iñ...

[Cannes Review] Amy

Asif Kapadia came onto most cinematic radars in 2010 with his BAFTA award winning Senna, a terrific documentary on the life and tragic death of Formula 1 race c...