Alike in formal spryness if nothing else, this is one of the category's most sophisticated lineups in recent memory.
Our critics break down all eight best picture nominees, and agree that one towers above the rest.
An engorged animal member delivers the most inspired gag, so to speak, in "The Brothers Grimsby," a smutty but strained spy spoof in which most of the human-based comedy stays comparatively flaccid.
Back in 2014, Tobias Lindholm got to share in some Oscar celebrations, as Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt" — which Lindholm co-wrote with the Danish auteur — nabbed a best foreign language film…
Somewhere around the sixth hour of "A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery," two characters engage in a hoary discussion about the value of art as an instrument of political change.
A large, chaotically chattering cast, polarities of farcical humor and teariest melodrama, even a rocking-around-the-Christmas-tree singalong: All the elements of a mass heart-sweller are…
At this stage, America's war in the Middle East practically has its own dedicated cinematic subgenre, so all credit to Rafi Pitts' confident, deceptively calm "Soy Nero" for finding in the conflict a…
Halfway into the massive Berlin lineup, Variety pundits (mostly) impressed so far with quality offerings from Jeff Nichols, Mia Hansen-Love and Andre Techine.
Postcards from the edge — of grief, of rationality, and in just a few cases, of the German capital itself — are delivered by the dozen in "Alone in Berlin."
No one behaves quite like a human being in Eugene Green's "Le Fils de Joseph," yet a soulful sense of humanity emerges from their heightened declamations anyway.
"Beauty is not caused. It is," Emily Dickinson famously wrote — a truism not always applicable to the cinema of Terence Davies, which can work mightily hard toward its beauty, often to rapturous…