"To commit suicide you need a strong will, something you certainly don't have," the true-life title character of "I, Olga Hepnarova" is told by her mother at the outset of this fearsomely…
True as it may be, "a thoughtful, toughly acted story of one woman's escape from urban societal strictures" isn't a description that will help anyone distinguish adult German fable "Wild" from the…
The Berlin Film Festival’s competition, Forum, Panorama and Generation sections program a cornucopia of films from all over the world — so it was a tough task for Variety's chief international critic…
2016-2017 Oscar Predictions
Bespoke clothing is an eye-opener for anyone of any gender persuasion: Only once you've worn a garment tailored specifically for your form do you realise how comparatively ill-fitting your regular…
Rachel Griffiths has been so egregiously underused on the big screen in recent years that her mere presence in a leading role is reason enough to commend "Mammal."
Nearly seven years after Michael Jackson's premature passing, the world has probably gleaned as much as it ever will about the personal, physical and sexual curiosities of the posthumously reigning…
Serial murder has rarely seemed a more melancholy calling than it does in "The Eyes of My Mother," a short, decidedly unsweet and wholly startling vision from freshman writer-director Nicolas Pesce.
JUSTIN CHANG: Well, I called it. Then again, who didn't? Nate Parker's "The Birth of a Nation" cemented its standing as the sensation of Sundance 2016 by winning the grand jury prize and audience…
Executed and even scripted with rhetorical intent, news reporter Christine Chubbuck's on-air suicide in 1974 was itself a kind of grotesque performance piece.
From the revealingly sustained closing shot of "The Graduate" to the rich structural sprawl of "Angels in America," Mike Nichols was a filmmaker who often knew the virtues of taking his time.
In the delicate art of list-making, sometimes a slight trim can make all the difference. When the pre-nomination shortlist for the foreign-language film Oscar was announced in December, complaints…