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‘Lost in the Night’ Review: Mexican Director Amat Escalante Delivers a Beguiling Class-Divide Mystery ‘Lost in the Night’ Review: Mexican Director Amat Escalante Delivers a Beguiling Class-Divide Mystery Reviewed online, Jan. 31, 2024. In International Film Festival Rotterdam, AFI Fest, Cannes Film Festival. Running time: 122 MIN. (Original title: “Perdidos en la noche”) Most Popular Must Read Sign Up for Variety Newsletters More From Our Brands

Seven years after his mesmerizing sci-fi drama on extraterrestrial sex, “The Untamed,” genre-defying Mexican auteur Amat Escalante switches gears once again to try his hand at a sharp-edged, quasi-detective story with “Lost in the Night.”…


‘The Outrun’ Review: Saoirse Ronan Plays an Alcoholic with Authenticity in a Recovery Movie That’s Too Sodden to Catch Fire ‘The Outrun’ Review: Saoirse Ronan Plays an Alcoholic with Authenticity in a Recovery Movie That’s Too Sodden to Catch Fire Reviewed on Jan. 12, 2024, at Dolby 88 (Sundance Film Festival). MPA rating: R Running time: 118 MIN. Most Popular Must Read Sign Up for Variety Newsletters More From Our Brands

“The Outrun,” the story of a 29-year-old Scottish woman in the throes of, and recovery from (though not necessarily in that order), an increasingly desperate alcoholism, is a drama with a lot of things going…


‘Between the Temples’ Review: Jason Schwartzman Gives Carol Kane a Belated Bat Mitzvah in a Winningly Off-Kilter Comedy ‘Between the Temples’ Review: Jason Schwartzman Gives Carol Kane a Belated Bat Mitzvah in a Winningly Off-Kilter Comedy Reviewed at CAA screening room, Los Angeles, Jan. 16, 2024. (In Sundance Film Festival — U.S. Dramatic competition.) Running time: 111 MIN. Most Popular Must Read Sign Up for Variety Newsletters More From Our Brands

There’s a very young, very online contingent of Generation Z that propagates repeated cycles of so-called “age gap discourse”: heated, often condemnatory debate over the rights or wrongs of people dating, or merely socializing, outside…


‘Good Grief’ Review: Daniel Levy’s Cathartic Feature Debut Imagines a Different Kind of Broken Hearts Club ‘Good Grief’ Review: Daniel Levy’s Cathartic Feature Debut Imagines a Different Kind of Broken Hearts Club Reviewed on Netflix, Dec. 25, 2023. MPA Rating: R. Running time: 100 MIN. Most Popular Must Read Sign Up for Variety Newsletters More From Our Brands

It’s one thing to direct an episode of the sitcom on which you appeared for six seasons. “Schitt’s Creek” star Daniel Levy aced that exercise back in 2020, earning an Emmy for co-helming the series…


‘The Color Purple’ Review: Alice Walker’s Novel Lends Itself to the Blues, as Well as Stirring Musical’s Sense of Spiritual Uplift ‘The Color Purple’ Review: Alice Walker’s Novel Lends Itself to the Blues, as Well as Stirring Musical’s Sense of Spiritual Uplift Reviewed at Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, Nov. 18, 2023. MPA Rating: PG-13. Running time: 140 MIN. Most Popular Must Read Sign Up for Variety Newsletters More From Our Brands

Where do you stand on the 1985 film version of “The Color Purple,” which was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, but won none? Some feel it wasn’t Steven Spielberg’s story to tell. Others marvel at…


‘Wonka’ Review: Timothée Chalamet Makes a Winning Willy Wonka in a Fun Prequel That’s One of the Squarest Movie Musicals in Decades ‘Wonka’ Review: Timothée Chalamet Makes a Winning Willy Wonka in a Fun Prequel That’s One of the Squarest Movie Musicals in Decades Reviewed online, Nov. 27, 2023. MPA Rating: PG. Running time: 116 MIN. Most Popular Must Read Sign Up for Variety Newsletters More From Our Brands

Every fan of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971) loves the scene where Gene Wilder, as the mystical candy maker, takes his guests on a psychedelic tunnel ride, zooming through the bowels of the…