The Venice Film Festival opened Wednesday. Last year Sofia Coppola’s SOMEWHERE was the winner. We never heard from it again.  It does give critics the first look at many of the contenders. Here are few notes so far:

*IDES OF MARCH kicked it off with great reviews. Pushing it further into a Best Picture nomination.

* Madonna’s W.E. received pretty bad reviews. Her directing was described as sloppy and not a great story. We will have to see where is goes from here.

*A DANGEROUS METHOD was screened last night to great reviews. Especially the performance of Keira Knightley.

*CARNAGE got mixed reviews, but mostly positive for the acting.


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