Computer-animated critters have been coveting nuts since at least the Ice Age, which means squirrely Surly, star of "The Nut Job," descends from a proud, if exasperated tradition of animated acorn…
Is Your Computer a ‘Him’ or ‘Her’? — and Other Questions Raised by Spike Jonze’s Speculative Romance
Not enough has been said about the title of Spike Jonze's "Her" — not its e.e.-cutesy tendency not to capitalize, but rather, the choice of a female pronoun to describe the object of Joaquin…
Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" has drawn mixed reviews — even among the Variety critics.
2016-2017 Oscar Predictions
Keanu Reeves is the draw but not the star of this visually dazzling but thoroughly bogus update of one of Japan's greatest legends.
Constant reptile repartee marks a major departure from "Walking With Dinosaurs'" earlier incarnation as a BBC nature series, in which kids sat transfixed as a distinguished British narrator described…
Oeke Hoogendijk has created an artifact that, while not exactly elegant, 400 years hence may prove as vital a window into Amsterdam culture as any of the Dutch masterpieces hanging in the museum…
When Maya Forbes unveils "Infinitely Polar Bear" at Sundance next month, people may be surprised to see exec producer J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot logo at the front of her debut.
With his sexually explicit, four-hour magnum opus, "Nymphomaniac," world cinema's enfant terrible Lars von Trier reemerges as its dirty-old-man terrible, delivering a dense, career-encompassing work…
How has "Hustle" conned so many intelligent people into declaring it a masterpiece? This is a messy C-minus movie at best. And yet, its reception demonstrates a scandalous emerging trend among…
For one critic, "Inside Llewyn Davis," "12 Years a Slave" and "Stories We Tell" were among the year's outstanding releases.
Tucked among the 76 submissions competing for this year's Oscar foreign-language prize is a film quite unlike any that has previously represented Brazil, whose cinematic output has been more directly…