Film Review: ‘Gemma Bovery’

May 31, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Cheeriness and whodunit elements are emphasized at the expense of any insightful revision of the classic novel, resulting in a generic drama that’s only mildly diverting.

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Alias Maria’

May 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A sobering social-issue movie set in a milieu so different from our own that it practically feels like science fiction, Jose Luis Rugeles’ “Alias Maria” embeds audiences among a group of Colombian guerrillas, where children are forced to fight alongside adults.

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Chinese Thriller ‘Silent Witness’ to Get Korean Remake

May 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Chinese crime thriller “Silent Witness” is to be remade in South Korea.

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Cannes: Steven Paul Unveils Asian Talent Management Plans

May 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Veteran U.S. independent producer Steven Paul has unveiled plans to expand into Asian talent management.

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Two Friends’

May 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Some bigscreen love stories leave you wondering what the central couple saw in each other in the first place, but not “Two Friends.”

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Masaan’

May 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Masaan” is a heartfelt yet overambitious tale of class and gender inequality in contempo India, in which debuting helmer Neeraj Ghaywan can’t overcome script and editing weaknesses.

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Chosen Ones’

May 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Combining immaculate formal composure with intrepid thematic sangfroid in a comparable manner to fellow new-school Mexican filmmakers Amat Escalante and Michel Franco, David Pablos makes a purposeful, largely successful play for attention with his sophomore feature.

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Love’

May 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The cast holds nothing back in Gaspar Noe’s “Love,” but it’s the ever-provocative writer-director who exposes the most in his sexually explicit, semi-autobiographical Cannes scandal-in-the-making.

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Youth’

May 20, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Paolo Sorrentino’s most tender film to date, an emotionally rich contemplation of life’s wisdom gained, lost and remembered, with cynicism harping from the sidelines but as a wearied chord instead of a major motif.

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Mustang’

May 19, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

West European sensibilities unmistakably mark “Mustang,” a potent drama about five sisters forced to suppress their burgeoning sensuality.

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