Major Films at Venice 2017 International Film Festival

Brawl in Cell Block 99, Downsizing, mother!, The Shape of Water, Suburbicon, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri


I know this is not all the films at VIFF. There’s plenty of other great films there but this is just to keep a tally for the ones with the most interest in before release.

Brawl in Cell Block 99

Director: S. Craig Zahler

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%

Metacritic: N/A

Written Reviews:

David Rooney – The Hollywood Reporter

Glenn Kenny –

Jessica Kang – The Playlist


Director: Alexander Payne

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%

Metacritic: 84/100

Written Reviews:

Ben Croll – Indiewire

Owen Gleiberman – Variety

Todd McCarthy – The Hollywood Reporter


Director: Darren Aronofsky

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%

Metacritic: 86/100

Written Reviews:

Ben Croll – Indiewire

Owen Gleiberman – Variety

Todd McCarthy – The Hollywood Reporter

Shape of Water

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%

Metacritic: 92/100

Written Reviews:

Ben Croll – Indiewire

Guy Lodge – Variety

Robbie Collin – The Telegraph


Director: George Clooney

Rotten Tomatoes: 56%

Metacritic: 51/100

Written Reviews:

Alonso Duralde – The Wrap

David Rooney – The Hollywood Reporter

Owen Gleiberman – Variety

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Director: Martin McDonagh

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

Metacritic: N/A

Written Reviews:

David Rooney – The Hollywood Reporter

Owen Gleiberman – Variety

Xan Brooks – The Guardian

mi-16evil: Pretty impressive that only Suburbicon failed to live up to the hype. Of these I think I’m most excited for The Shape of Water. I am always rooting for del Toro and it’s so exciting to hear people say it’s easily his best film since Pan’s Labyrinth.

TargetQ2: I thought I saw a trailer for 3 billboards a long time ago so I recently went looking to see if I missed the release date. Has it been advertised for a long time, or am I crazy?

I’m excited to see it

turcois: Surprised, but also not surprises by Downsizing. Payne has a pretty impeccable record, it’s interesting to see just how great this movie will be considering it seems to be a typical “American comedy” from someone who has a track record of Oscar dramas.

ebenantar: Suburbicon doesn’t look too good, but that doesn’t surprise me much. I’m a little let down by the somewhat mixed response to Downsizing, Payne hasn’t made a bad film yet in my opinion. Very excited for both mother! and The Shape of Water though, and I almost forgot about the new McDonaugh film Three Billboards which looks interesting too. Overall a solid amount to look forward to after the somewhat disappointing level of response to Cannes this year, although there are quite a few films from there that I’ve liked this year and still want to see.

Others from Venice that have my attention include:

* Ex Libris (New doc from Wiseman)
* Lean on Pete (Andrew Haigh)
* Zama (Lucretia Martel)
* The Third Murder (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
* First Reformed (Paul Schrader)

Also keen on hearing about the new films from John Woo and Abdellatif Kechiche but I don’t think they’ve premiered yet.

Level29invisible: I like Clooney but not as a director, I think he’s pretty damn bad actually. Doesn’t surprise me his film is the only one really getting negative reviews.

Vicrooloo: Suburbicon is getting trashed but a quick pass over the actual articles written lead me to think this is going to be one of those “like it or hate it” films.

theOgMonster: Suburubicon, regardless of reviews, had such an intriguing trailer that I want to see it in theaters and make my own opinion on it.

MagnumOpus666: I expected mother! to be great, and judging by these early reviews I’m not likely to be disappointed. But man, when I first saw that trailer for The Shape of Water, I wasn’t particularly enthralled by it. I didn’t know what to think about it other than that it looked like a Bioshock movie. But from what I’m reading, it sounds like another masterpiece from Del Toro.

TheHeyHeyMan: I can’t wait to see Brawl In Cell Block 99, looks rough and tumble in the best way, and I hear the last third of it is nothing but insane, brutal violence. F**k yeah.

ramusfl: wow.. I did not know that George Clooney was directing movies… I thought he was only producing. Well, lets see if he will bring better content. With his name and contacts, he can direct good movies if he has the talent of a director. I wont comment since I have not watch any yet. Clint Eastwood did well, but had some “learning curves” in the process, migrating from acting to directing movies.

jonisantucho: So, if we were to take the Oscar contenders out of the movies that premiered at Venice and Telluride, the ones to look out for are these ones.

**The Shape of Water**. Possibilities: Best Picture, Best Director (vamos Guillermo), Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins or Michael Shannon, there can only be one) Best Original Screenplay, etc.

**Darkest Hour**. Possibilities: Best Picture, Best Director (Joe Wright), Best Actor (Gary Oldman), Best Supporting Actress (Kristin Scott Thomas), Best Original Screenplay, etc.

**Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri**. Possibilities: Best Picture, Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), Best Original Screenplay (Martin McDonagh), etc.

**Lady Bird**. Possibilities: Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf), Best Original Screenplay (Greta Gerwig), etc.

**Battle of the Sexes**. Possibilities: Best Picture (if it makes a shit ton of money), Best Actress (Emma Stone).

**First They Killed My Father**. Possibilities: Best Foreign Language Film? (There’s gonna be a controversy about that one)

**Downsizing**. Possibilities: Best Supporting Actress (Hong Chau). Yep, that’s it. Sorry, Alex.

And now we’ve got TIFF and NYFF coming. The chase is on.

pilgrim_pastry: I am so stoked for Three Billboards I can’t see straight. I didn’t finish the the posted reviews, as the first one was giving away a few too many plot points for me, but the critic says it’s his best work since In Bruges. I was only so-so on Seven Psychopaths, so that got my attention.

FairWarning7102: Brawl in Cell Block 99 looks sick! I’m glad to see Vaughn branching out and doing some different roles instead of the typical slacker he plays in all his comedy movies.

Nizpee: Stupid question: can you get into these film festivals if you’re not working in the industry?

KJones77: I both love and hate festival/award season. Incredibly exciting to watch my most anticipated films come out but also overwhelming when they get reviews all at once.

Rimmmer93: Really glad to see three billboards getting great reviews. This batch of films, along with The killing of a sacred deer, has me super excited for the coming months

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