REARVIEW: When it comes to violent interrogation, the tidy moral conclusions of "Prisoners" are no match for the troubling ambiguities of "Zero Dark Thirty."
The plot of "Wadjda" may seem simple — a 10-year-old Saudi girl competes for a shiny new bike — but Haifaa Al Mansour's remarkable debut contains some of the strongest social and political insights…
REARVIEW: A strong showing by Canadian and British filmmakers, an outstanding selection of performances and a relentless flow of Oscar hype were all in evidence at the Toronto Film Festival.
Jonathan Glazer's alien adventure deserves the Golden Lion. But why wasn't Alfonso Cuaron's space odyssey in competition?
For decades, the Venice and Toronto film festivals have stood by while Telluride stole their thunder on world premieres, but could this year's impressive 40th anniversary Telluride lineup have gone…
Variety's critics debate the highs and lows of an unusually paranoid and post-apocalyptic summer movie season.
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" dares to question why an industry so receptive to Holocaust stories has been so reluctant to produce more movies about the myriad human-rights violations perpetrated on our…
In the days before "Elysium" opened last week, a handful of right-wing news outlets attacked the film for being "sci-fi socialism."
Like its characters fighting for a piece of elite status, Sony's sixth release this summer, "Elysium," fought for box office glory -- but the $115 million-budgeted sci-fi actioner fell somewhat…
Taking slightly less than previously expected, Sony’s “Elysium” is looking at a three-day total just shy of $30 million, enough to beat three newcomers and a crowded marketplace of holdovers. Early…