Film Review: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’

June 2, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The heroes in a half shell return for more halfhearted fun.

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Cannes Festival Review: ‘Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy’

May 30, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Director Haroun is careful not to present too many voices recounting the nightmare of torture, thereby ensuring the stories avoid becoming a numbing litany.

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Film Review: ‘Women Who Run Hollywood’

May 29, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Despite evident good intentions, and some excellent interviewees, this is a frustrating effort in many ways, not least of which is its slightly misleading title, which suggests a more contemporary than historical slant.

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Elle’

May 21, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

You've never seen a rape-revenge fantasy quite like "Elle," not least because the rape, revenge and fantasy components of that subgenre have never been quite so fascinatingly disarranged.

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Wolf And Sheep’

May 21, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The action is set in an Afghan village that 26-year-old, tyro director-writer Shahrbanoo Sadat, Afghanistan’s first-ever distaff feature helmer, was forced to re-create in the dusty mountains of neighboring Tajikistan because of security concerns for her mostly foreign crew -- and the tale’s naked, green, female fairy.

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Mimosas’

May 21, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Those familiar with the ethnographic works of Ben Rivers (who gets a thanks in the closing credits) and the films of Argentine director Lisandro Alonso ("Jauja") will find much to admire in the movie's combination of spiritual musings and stunning landscapes.

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Film Review: ‘Bobby Sands: 66 Days’

May 20, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Veteran documentarian Brendan J. Bryne’s feature does an excellent job contextualizing this famous chapter for viewers not already steeped in modern Irish history.

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European Union Mulls 20% Content Quota for Netflix and Amazon Prime

May 19, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, is mulling a move to impose a 20% European content quota on video streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon Prime. More to follow.

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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Takes Stake in Apple Worth More Than $1 Billion

May 16, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has revealed it has taken a stake in Apple valued at more than $1 billion. Berkshire Hathaway said in a regulatory filing Monday that it has held 9.81 million shares in the iPhone manufacturer since March 31. More to follow.

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Cannes Film Review: Harmonium

May 15, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

"Harmonium" is a quietly combustible tale of punishment and crime set in motion when a family lets a mysterious man move in with them.

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