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  • 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 life. He's financially well off with a thriving practice. At least some of his patients have interesting neuroses. And he lives in a lovely home with the even lovelier Clara (Rosamund Pike), whose career in public relations is soaring.
  • '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...

    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...

    Variety Critics Pick the Best Films of 2014 (So Far)

    To say that our top three critics don't always see eye-to-eye would be an understatement, but they can all agree on at least one thing: "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is one of Wes Anderson's best movies, and one of the strongest entries in a year that has so...