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  • 'Ida,' 'Leviathan' Top European Film Awards Nominations

    True to their big fest form, Turkey's Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Winter Sleep" and Russia's foreign language Oscar nominee "Leviathan," which won Cannes' best screenplay, will face off for best picture at the 27th European Film Awards, a bellwether for foreign language Oscar contention.
  • Film Review: 'Hector and the Search for Happiness' a slow, empty quest

    Film Review: 'Hector and the Search for Happiness' a slow, empty quest
    In "Hector and the Search for Happiness," Hector (Simon Pegg) is a psychiatrist with a touch of Walter Mitty in him. He daydreams about being a WWI pilot, but other than the need for this little indulgence in childhood fancy, he seems to have an ideal...

    With Shocking Abortion Scene Restored, 'Nymphomaniac' Makes Venice Fest Most Daring

    If the 2014 festival circuit were a contest -- and why shouldn't it be, since these lofty-minded sprocket operas pit the directors whose work they screen in competition against one another? -- then the Venice film festival emerges the winner. That will...

    Film Review: 'Hector and the Search for Happiness'

    Happiness means steering clear of "Hector and the Search for Happiness." A supremely irritating marriage of picture-postcard exoticism and motivational uplift, this misguided comedy-drama tells the story of a British therapist who upends his comfortable...

    'Hector and the Search for Happiness' not a blissful encounter

     'Hector and the Search for Happiness' not a blissful encounter
    In "Hector and the Search for Happiness," a bedtime story for the eternal man-child, Simon Pegg plays a psychiatrist who lives in a world of WASP male privilege yet remains dissatisfied with his existence. Hector's premature bout of midlife crisis...