| Mar 5, 2014
| 9:05 AM
The better the obstacles to love and happiness, the more bittersweet the romance. That's a reminder from "The Lunchbox," an Indian film (in English and Hindi) that remembers it's not sizzling sex scenes that make movie love stories work, it's the longing....
| Feb 27, 2014
| 5:20 PM
"Ernest & Celestine," the charming French-Belgium animated film and Oscar contender, is about a bear and a mouse whose artistic tendencies are forever getting them into trouble. Marked as outsiders by their respective societies, an unlikely friendship...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 2:09 PM
Finally! A comedy that works. An animated film with a look — a kinetic aesthetic honoring its product line's bright, bricklike origins — that isn't like every other clinically rounded and bland digital 3-D effort. A movie that works for the...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Warner Bros. and Lego look to be constructing a blockbuster brick by brick as the toy brand's first full-length feature film is building huge buzz before an opening weekend predicted to hit more than $40 million at the domestic box office.
| Feb 6, 2014
| 12:05 AM
If the Looney Toons team had played with plastic blocks that snap together, "The Lego Movie" is the kind of surreal subversion they might have made. Their Looney heirs,the guys behind the original "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" (Phil Lord and...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 12:00 PM
"The Lego Movie" is a massive collision of subversive humor, hyper-kinetic energy, mind-jangling design, spinning colors and about 15 million Legos, no exaggeration.
It is very tempting to use the movie's pounding pop anthem — "Everything Is...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Even Gordon Gekko looks like a veritable lap dog compared to Jordan Belfort, the self-proclaimed "Wolf of Wall Street" whose coked-up, pill-popping, high-rolling shenanigans made him a multi-millionaire at age 26, a convicted felon a decade later, and a...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 3:25 PM
The new 3-D nature tale "Walking With Dinosaurs" is nothing like its predecessors.
I don't mean the creatures of the Jurassic Period, which came before the Cretaceous Period that is the movie's staging ground.
Not the "Jurassic Park" period either,...
| Dec 17, 2013
Asked whether or not she likes “Pretty Woman,” Alice Eve answers with an enthusiastic, “Of course!” The English actress defends the “classic film of my childhood” as a fairy tale and quotes in a New York accent, “...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 1:45 PM
Winter is coming to Oakton, the fictional city circa 1959 at the center of the new 3-D animated film "The Nut Job." Unfortunately, the critters who occupy Liberty Park haven't been able to store enough food to survive the season. That's of no concern to...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" has drawn mixed reviews -- even among the Variety critics. Here, in addition to Scott Foundas' full review, Justin Chang and Peter Debruge offer competing takes.
In "The Wolf of Wall...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 7:53 AM
In Ben Stiller's earnest but screwy go at "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," the actor-director takes the role of the daydreaming, "Yes, dear" fellow introduced in a wee but hardy 1939 James Thurber short story. Thurber sold it to the New Yorker,...