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  • Shape of Water

    'Shape of Water' Ripped Off 1969 Play, Lawsuit Alleges

    The son of playwright Paul Zindel filed a lawsuit on Wednesday alleging that “The Shape of Water” was based on Zindel’s 1969 play, “Let Me Hear You Whisper.” David Zindel contends that the similarities between the two works are so striking that “The Shape of Water” should properly be seen as an adaptation of his [...]

  • 'A Wrinkle in Time' May Top

    Will 'A Wrinkle in Time' Be the Film That Dethrones 'Black Panther'?

    What movie can dislodge Disney-Marvel’s blockbuster “Black Panther” from the top spot at the box office? It’s looking like another Disney movie, time-travel fantasy “A Wrinkle in Time,” is the logical candidate to do so in three weeks, during the March 9-11 weekend. “Black Panther” could take in as much as $100 million during the [...]

  • 'Unsane' Review: Claire Foy Brings Grit

    Berlin Film Review: 'Unsane'

    With the word “gaslighting” getting thrown around a lot in our current age of fake-news awareness, to the point where some use it simply as a heated synonym for “lying,” along comes “Unsane” to remind us of its more elaborately melodramatic origins. It’s tempting to call Steven Soderbergh’s iPhone-shot psychothriller a “Gaslight” riff uncannily timed [...]

  • Guillermo del Toro

    Oscars Poll: Who Will Win Best Director?

    As Oscar night approaches, Variety has been polling readers to see their predictions for Hollywood’s biggest night. Frances McDormand will win the best actress prize, according to our readers, and Timothee Chalamet will take home best actor, if their predictions are correct. But what about an equally prestigious honor: best director? It’s a competitive race this [...]

  • 'Infinite Football' Review: Delightful, Droll Doc

    Berlin Film Review: 'Infinite Football'

    Some people believe soccer is a matter of life and death. But like legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly, the lovably crestfallen Laurentiu Ginghina, subject of Corneliu Porumboiu’s wonderful, drolly humane new documentary “Infinite Football,” might assert that it’s much more important than that. Ginghina, however, is no Premier League manager, and his ambitions as a [...]

  • Liberty

    DR Premieres Ex-Pat Drama ‘Liberty'

    As the Berlin Film Festival continues to dedicate more time and space to growing the high-end TV market, it should come as no surprise that DR, Denmark’s famed public broadcaster which also claims to be Scandinavia’s largest international distributor, is looking to make a significant impact at the Festival. Among the projects and finished series [...]

  • Khook

    Berlin Film Review: 'Pig'

    You think you’ve got problems? In Iranian director Mani Haghighi’s lunatic black comedy “Pig,” our bushy-haired hero Hassan (a terrific Hasan Majuni) is a celebrated filmmaker languishing on a government blacklist, being stalked by a wannabe replacement for his beautiful actress lover (Leila Hatami) who has agreed to appear in his greatest rival’s lavish fantasy [...]

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