Review: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

Director: Gus Van Sant Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill Gus Van Sant's Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot marks the third time that Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara have worked together, following Spike Jonze's Her and Garth Davis' Mary Magdalene. Both actors are among the most vibrant, watchable and interesting presences in Hollywood today, and …

Review: Una

Director: Benedict Andrews Stars: Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed Andrews' modest homegrown feature debut has the incredible fortune of starring two of the best actors out there in Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn. That's some serious clout for a film of this size and scale. It's an actor's film; David Harrower's adaptation of his own …

Review: Song To Song

Director: Terrence Malick Stars: Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender Former cinematic recluse Terrence Malick has had a surge in creativity over the course of this decade unlike anything in his career previously, though the fruits of this late bloom have divided his audience; those that are charmed by his lighter-than-air touch and fondness for …

Review: Lion

Director: Garth Davis Stars: Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel, Rooney Mara There's a particular corner of film buffery that steadfastly defers to the silent era as the medium's true halcyon days, even now, some ninety years after our actors started talking to one another. Garth Davis' Lion is not a silent film, not even nearly, but for nearly …

Review: Carol

Director: Todd Haynes Stars: Rooney Mara, Jake Lacy, Cate Blanchett Falling in love is awful. That normal, stable person that you used to be disappears, vanished like a dream on waking. Good sense and judgement are temporarily abandoned, or become concepts that require effort to achieve in any credible sense. That other person preoccupies you. …

Review: Her

Director: Spike Jonze Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is recently separated from his wife of several years, Catherine (Rooney Mara). They grew up together, and, as flashbacks suggest, were very much soul mates. But things changed and now Theodore is alone. He is a sensitive, introverted man. He works …

Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Director: David Fincher Stars: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer ***originally written 30 December 2011*** If David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo achieves anything that Niels Arden Oplev’s movie doesn’t, it will hopefully be selling the idea to the rest of Hollywood that there is an audience for thoughtful, intelligent adult-orientated cinema again. …