Toronto Film Review: ‘The Limehouse Golem’

September 11, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A baroque mixture of real historical personages, fictive figures, multi-tiered flashbacks, and grisly criminal intrigue in 1880 London.

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Oath’

September 11, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

This assured suspense drama sports little of the blackly comedic streak usually associated with its maker.

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‘Playback’ Podcast: Live from the Telluride Film Festival with Amy Adams

September 9, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Variety's Kristopher Tapley and Peter Debruge discuss festival hits while Amy Adams takes stock of her career and filmmaker collaborations.

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Film Review: ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’

September 5, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hapless London-based media type Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) returns to the big screen after a 12-year break to battle unexpected pregnancy, twenty-something hipsters and, once more, the perils of live TV in "Bridget Jones's Baby."

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Venice Film Review: ‘Piuma’

September 5, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Anglo-Italian Roan Johnson’s third feature is a grab bag of naïve teens and unmodulated hot-headed adults who wear out their welcome early on.

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Venice Film Review: ‘The Bleeder’

September 2, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“There's more to you than meets the eye, Chuck. Not much more, but just enough.” This highly qualified compliment is directed on screen at the bedraggled hero of “The Bleeder,” but it could just as easily apply to the film itself.

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Film Review: ‘The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger’

August 29, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Tilda Swinton’s primary role in the project notwithstanding, its appeal won’t extend far past those already familiar with Berger's “radical humanist” Marxism and copious work on human experience.

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Film Review: ‘Greater’

August 24, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A third-string sports saga only apt to play to its devout target audience.

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Locarno Film Review: ‘Mister Universo’

August 20, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The reality of fantasy is the playfully paradoxical focus of "Mister Universo," the third feature from filmmakers Rainer Frimmel and Tizza Covi to gently scrutinize the lives of circus performers beyond the big top.

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Film Review: ‘Call of Heroes’

August 20, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

With echoes of classic Westerns and old-school Hong Kong kung-fu films, this period samurai action film boasts sinewy martial arts.

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