| Mar 21, 2014
| 7:08 PM
As the latest film franchise based on a bestselling young-adult book series, "Divergent" arrives in theaters Friday to the delight of die-hard fans.
But for those unfamiliar with the dystopian thriller's background and mythology, all this talk of...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 6:30 AM
LONDON -- As the lineup for the third Sundance London film and music festival is unveiled, Variety talks to John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, and Trevor Groth, Sundance's director of programming, about the selection (see below for...
| May 5, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Participant Media has selected veteran marketing exec Laura Kim as its senior VP of film marketing.
The move came two months after Buffy Shutt and Kathy Jones left Participant Media as the heads of marketing.
Kim will report to Participant's documentary...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 10:30 AM
LONDON -- The Karlovy Vary Film Fest is to fete American filmmaker William Friedkin and pay tribute to U.S. development, production and management company Anonymous Content.
Friedkin will receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 3:40 PM
"Blue Ruin" is a moody, stripped-down action thriller with the most unlikely vigilante one could imagine. Dwight (Macon Blair) is no buffed-up hero, but a soft and skittish loner who has no idea how to hold a gun, much less use it.
| Apr 9, 2014
| 10:00 PM
*** (out of four)
At a certain point, the backcountry stories become a blur. Even when they're well executed, and they usually are, movies like "Winter's Bone" and "Mud" and "Out of the Furnace" and now "Joe" all exist in comparable, dangerous worlds....
| Apr 23, 2014
| 11:31 AM
Less than a year ago, hardly anyone knew who Lupita Nyong'o was. This week she graces the cover of People as the magazine's most beautiful person, continuing her red-hot streak.
"It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," the 31-year-old...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:34 AM
If the truth were in the telling, it wouldn't matter who told it — or, for that matter, if anyone listened. Daniel Woodrell's new novel, "The Maid's Version," depicts a town full of folk who, in the wake of a deadly explosion in a dance hall, prefer...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Awards season is a boisterous clamor for attention, full of prestige picture releases and endless marketing dollars strewn to support them — all with the goal of taking home a few statues early next year. But amid the ado there are exceptions: The...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 4:45 PM
There is an unnerving moment deep inside the working-class drama "Out of the Furnace" when a primal scream cuts short an old argument between two brothers. Ripped from the emotional core of the younger, a burned-out Army soldier, Rodney Baze, played by...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 12:51 PM
If reviews are any indication, the "Hunger Games" film franchise need not fear the sophomore slump. Building on the success of the 2012 film, the sequel "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is earning excellent reviews. Many critics are praising director...