Every movie star is a con artist of sorts, seducing audiences into forking over millions by adopting a character bigger than him- or herself. But what to do when the streak falters?
Three Variety critics agree to disagree about Oscar winners and losers both onscreen and on the Dolby stage. PETER DEBRUGE: Last year, the Academy made a statement in giving the best picture award to…
Undoubtedly the least-watched of any Oscar category, the documentary short films are the great beneficiaries of the Academy's magnanimity, both in continuing to recognize an outdated format and in…
Compared to the epic all-American coming-of-age tale that is "Boyhood" — a feat 12 years in the making and three hours in the telling — Oscar's live-action short film nominees have seldom seemed…
Roughly midway through "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," a lovesick Bill Nighy notes that Judi Dench's character has "checked out," referring of course to her status at the hotel.
Well, Peter, another Berlin Film Festival has come to a close, ending on a high note with the awarding of its top prize, the Golden Bear, to Jafar Panahi's "Taxi."
Blue is a fairly tepid color in "Seashore," an agonizingly subtle Brazilian coming-of-ager in which a bi-curious teen ever so tentatively tests the water of his sexuality during a few days at the…
In Disney's new live-action "Cinderella," four mice are ballooned into elegant white horses, two lizards are yanked by their tails to serve as makeshift footmen, and an oblivious old goose gets…
A brother and sister cursed with special powers live in a rural farmhouse encircled by a tall, impenetrable wall in the enticingly conceptual North Carolina-based indie "One & Two."
Set in Mexico during the "10 days that shook" Russia's greatest silent filmmaker, "Eisenstein in Guanajuato" marks Peter Greenaway's raucous attempt to capture his all-time cinema idol at his moment…
Save for a mention in Arthur Conan Doyle's "His Last Bow," precious little is known about the latter years of Sherlock Holmes: "We heard of you as living the life of a hermit among your bees and your…