Friday, November 24, 2017

Venice Film Festival

Sunday, Sep. 10, 2017

Guillermo del Toro's monster thriller "The Shape of Water" took top prize at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, capping an 11-day event where the demons of social division and environmental disaster loomed large on the screen.

Del Toro was named winner of the Golden Lion by a jury...

Wednesday, Sep. 6, 2017

Jim Carrey, the comic actor who was one of 1990s Hollywood's biggest stars, doesn't exist.

So says the Jim Carrey who came to the Venice Film Festival this week with "Jim and Andy," a documentary about his experience playing comedian Andy Kaufman in the 1999 biopic "Man on the Moon."...

Tuesday, Sep. 5, 2017

Director Darren Aronofsky says his film "mother!" — a delirious nightmare starring Jennifer Lawrence — is a "roller-coaster ride."

Fittingly, it thrilled some viewers at the Venice Film Festival, and left others a bit queasy.

A horror story that travels from menace to mind-bending...

Monday, Sep. 4, 2017

In a year of strong women on screen, Frances McDormand plays one of the strongest: a bereaved mother who resorts to drastic action to bring her daughter's killer to justice in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."

It's a slight surprise to learn she drew inspiration from John Wayne...

Sunday, Sep. 3, 2017

The Italian nights are getting cooler as fall approaches, and there's something autumnal about many of the movies at the Venice Film Festival this year.

The passage of time and the approach of death are on the minds of many filmmakers — including Italy's Paolo Virzi, whose drama "The...

Sunday, Sep. 3, 2017

It was a day of queens at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday — a real British monarch on the screen and two queens of acting, Judi Dench and Helen Mirren, on the red carpet.

Dench plays long-reigning Queen Victoria in Stephen Frears' "Victoria & Abdul," which charts the relationship...

Saturday, Sep. 2, 2017

The last time Israeli director Samuel Maoz came to the Venice Film Festival, he won the top prize with his first feature film.

Then, his main feeling was shock. Eight years later he's back with only his second feature, "Foxtrot," a critical hit that could win him his second Golden Lion....

Saturday, Sep. 2, 2017

Affable, handsome George Clooney was all charm at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, but don't be fooled.

The actor says his latest directorial effort, "Suburbicon," is an angry movie for an angry country — his own. It's a twisted tale of darkness at the heart of the American dream....

Friday, Sep. 1, 2017

It's a rule of cinema that a movie about a boy and a horse will tug at the heartstrings.

Venice Film Festival entry "Lean on Pete" is no exception. Andrew Haigh's drama is about Charley, a lonely 15-year-old boy who befriends a tired old racehorse and sets out on a perilous journey across...

Friday, Sep. 1, 2017

The United Nations says there are 65 million forcibly displaced people around the world — a number so huge it can be overwhelming to contemplate.

Artist Ai Weiwei wants to make viewers see both the scale of the crisis and the humanity of the migrants with his documentary "Human Flow,"...