As top Oscar contenders unspool at the Telluride and Venice Film Festivals, here are some observations from journos on the spot.
DAVE KARGER, EW.COM: "'The Ides of March,'George Clooney’s latest directorial effort, has just premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and if you ask me, we now have the first sure-thing Best Picture nominee on our hands."
KRIS TAPLEY, IN CONTENTION: "I found to be a bit Payne-lite. There’s a wonderful subtlety to the effort that certainly isn’t present in his past work … (but) it doesn’t have the density of his past work, and I missed that."
SASHA STONE, AWARDS DAILY: "'The Descendants' is about more than one’s own personal journey of self-discovery; it is about selflessness, and how most of us are really here not to polish our own knobs 24/7 but to look out for others, especially those we’re responsible for, those we’re leaving behind. I loved this film."
GUY LODGE, IN CONTENTION: (** 1/2) "Handled by David Cronenberg with characteristic fastidiousness but a surprising lack of perversity, 'A Dangerous Method' will delight lovers of highbrow adult cinema of discussion and mildly disappoint those hoping the subject matter augured a return to the deranged, physicality-obsessed kinkmeister of old."
TODD MCCARTHY, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: "Precise, lucid and thrillingly disciplined, David Cronenberg's film about boundary-testing in the early days of psychoanalysis is brought to vivid life by the outstanding lead performances of Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender."
JEFF WELLS, HOLLYWOOD ELSEWHERE: "Glenn Close and Rodrigo Garcia's 'Albert Nobbs' screened last night at Telluride's Galaxy theatre to, it must be said, a somewhat muted reaction. With the exception, I should add, of Janet McTeer's brilliant supporting performance as Hubert, a woman pretending to be a man."
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