"The Descendants" tackles some of the prickliest issues a contempo family can face with such sensitivity that it's hardly noticeable you're being enlightened while entertained.
Perhaps you've heard: There's an appealing new movie in theaters now, based on a best-selling novel in which a precocious white girl, working against the objections of her parents and neighbors…
The shock of 9/11 affected everyone differently, but there's no denying it changed us.
Conan has mellowed, if ever so slightly, since the days when a certain Austrian bodybuilder portrayed the pulp fantasy hero.
With "Darwin," Swiss director Nick Brandestini affectionately documents roughly a third of the town's dwindling population -- at 35, their number is two fewer than when he began in 2009.
An homage wrapped in a spoof wrapped in a cliche, goofy low-budget punk-vs.-punk opus "The FP" strains as the Trost brothers try to wring a feature out of their like-titled short film.
Two chairs, two pairs of pajamas and two exceptionally creative sketch artists make for a surreal, 90-minute trip through the outer limits of comedy in the Pajama Men's "In the Middle of No One."
A stirring black-empowerment tale that personalizes the civil rights movement through the testimony of domestic servants working in Jackson, Miss., circa 1963.
For a movie about four slackers, "30 Minutes or Less" feels like it's in an awfully big hurry to be over.
A curious chance for humans to revel in their own destruction, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" makes for an impressive, if predictably downbeat prequel to a franchise famous for unhappy endings.
Nine of the cut-ups featured on Variety's annual 10 Comics to Watch list attended the Just for Laughs confab in Montreal, where "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig and "Modern Family" co-creator Steven…