Story | Jul 10, 2014 | 9:27 AM
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Story | Oct 14, 2014 | 9:13 AMLOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - There's presumably more heated drama behind the screen than there is upon it in "Effie Gray," a literate, lovingly mounted and exceedingly well-behaved historical biopic that has sidled into British theaters after two years of less polite legal conflicts. Emma Thompson's first adult-oriented film screenplay since her Oscar-winning work on "Sense and Sensibility" finds a fascinating human subject in the title character -- the socially and sexually suppressed wife of leading Victorian art critic John Ruskin -- but this admirable, watercolor-delicate tale of individual feminist emancipation never quite blooms into living color, hampered by spotty casting and Richard Laxton's overly deliberate direction. Lush production values and name players -- notably a conscientious Dakota Fanning in the lead -- guarantee international exposure, but commercial prospects are as muted as the film itself.
Story | Jun 24, 2014 | 6:30 PM
If you should have the good fortune to visit Sicily in June, the last thing you want to do is sit inside and watch movies. That's just as well for the Taormina Film Festival, since half the movies are shown outdoors in the Teatro Antico, and the other...
Story | Jun 13, 2014 | 12:30 PM
As part of the Roman Empire, Taormina was renowned for its fine wine and high-quality marble. Today the picturesque Sicilian town, with its sweeping view over the Strait of Messina, is best known for the film festival that bears its name -- Italy's oldest...
Story | Jun 9, 2014 | 10:30 AM
ROME - Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairman Jim Gianopulos will be feted by Italy's Taormina Film Festival with a lifetime achievement award during the event's 60th edition which, as previously announced, will open June 14 with "How To Train Your Dragon 2"...