Monday, January 30, 2023

Peter Debruge

‘Drift’ Review: ‘The Color Purple’ Star Cynthia Erivo Anchors This Stereotype-Defying Refugee Story

At first glance, Cynthia Erivo’s Sundance drama “Drift” appears to be the latest in a long line of call-to-action refugee stories, set in Europe and focused on those who’ve left Africa, only to encounter resistance once they reach...

‘The Persian Version’ Review: Can Recounting a Mother’s Past Lead to Reconciliation?

With her tart direct address, Leila makes a cheeky protagonist in “The Persian Version,” a Sundance-blessed dramatic comedy about the wide rift between an immigrant mother and her Iranian American daughter. Layla Mohammadi and Niousha Noor portray Leila...

‘Cassandro’ Review: Gael García Bernal’s Lovable Luchador Is the Queer Hero You Didn’t Know You Needed

For nearly a century, exóticos have been the clowns of Mexican wrestling: silly, queer-coded characters in flamboyant drag who pranced about the ring for the amusement of homophobic crowds. These hoary stereotypes have long been a part of...

‘Still’ Review: Candid Michael J. Fox Doc Is Funnier and a Lot More Entertaining Than You Might Think

Michael J. Fox tells his own story in “Still,” which director Davis Guggenheim treats as “a Michael J. Fox movie” by remixing clips from throughout the Emmy-winning actor’s career with cleverly restaged scenes from his private life. That’s...

‘Sometimes I Think About Dying’ Review: Daisy Ridley’s Dreamy Sundance Indie Leaves Room to Think About Other Things

Most of the time, most people’s lives are pretty boring. Passing the day at the office, then coming home to do laundry and microwave dinner. Movies tend to cut these bits out, to focus on the escapist stuff,...

Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch for 2023

For more than a quarter-century, Variety has been canvassing the field of emerging filmmaking talents for the artists whose voices set them apart: directors with an original point of view and the chops to go the distance. The...

‘A Star Without a Star: The Untold Juanita Moore Story’ Review: Remembering an Early Black Oscar Nominee

Kirk E. Kelleykahn’s heartfelt documentary “A Star Without a Star: The Untold Juanita Moore Story” builds the case for Moore — the director’s grandmother and an Oscar nominee, whose work spans eight decades — to be recognized on the...

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Kamasi Washington, Leon Bridges Set For 2023 Hollywood Bowl Jazz Fest

Kamasi Washington and Leon Bridges lead the lineup for the 2023 Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival, set for June...
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The Reytons Score First U.K. No. 1 With ‘What’s Rock And Roll?’

The Reytons finally rock on to No. 1 in the U.K. with What’s Rock And Roll? (via The Reytons), their third LP. The...

Miley Cyrus’ ‘Flowers’ Stays at No. 1 In U.K.

Miley Cyrus now has a bunch of U.K. No. 1s with “Flowers”. The post-disco hit blooms with upwards of 121,000 chart units, the...

China Box Office Hits $1 Billion Over Lunar New Year, as Zhang Yimou’s ‘Full River Red’ Earns $465 Million in Eight Days

Cinema box office in mainland China came close to record levels over the Lunar New Year period with RMB6.76 billion of gross revenue...

Lisa Loring, Wednesday in Original ‘Addams Family’ Series, Dies at 64

Lisa Loring, who played the young Wednesday Addams on “The Addams Family” from 1964 to 1966 and also appeared in “As the World...