For a classic novel whose fans insist that Hjalmar Soderberg's 1912 romance not only holds up but reads with fresh relevance today, "A Serious Game" yields a drearily old-fashioned costume drama.
We asked Variety's top critics and awards aficionados to discuss how 2015 shaped up cinematically. Here they answer the following questions: 1. How do you rate 2015 against previous years…
In the opening scene of Berlin best director winner "Things to Come," Isabelle Huppert asks her students to consider the question, "Can we put ourselves in the place of another?"
Not everyone in France is a wine connoisseur. In "Saint Amour," country bumpkin cattle farmer Bruno (Benoit Poelvoorde) tosses back the stuff just to get drunk.
Judging by his free-floating astronaut fantasies, Philippe Mars is not the kind of man they think he is at home (oh, no, no, no, he's a rocket man!).
Whereas nearly all forms of 20th-century combat go boom, the next frontier of cyberwarfare goes beep.
It's nobody's idea of interesting to watch someone wield his red pencil over a pile of pages, even if the editor in question is the great Maxwell Perkins.
Halfway into the massive Berlin lineup, Variety pundits (mostly) impressed so far with quality offerings from Jeff Nichols, Mia Hansen-Love and Andre Techine.
The first time an MQ-1 Predator or MQ-9 Reaper takes out a human target on U.S. soil, American citizens are likely to change their tune about the military's still-too-secret drone program.
To the extent that Andre Techine's "Being 17" is about the erotic awakening between two French teens, audiences might reasonably claim to have seen it before.
In what might as well be Chile's Chappaquiddick incident, the real-life hit-and-run case ruffled enough feathers that one would expect a more indignant satire, whereas Almendras indulges his…