Movies

Goodbye to All That Feature
Saying 'Goodbye': Angus MacLachlan brings acting and writing skills to the director's chair

In Goodbye to All That, Paul Schneider (“Parks and Recreation”) plays Otto Wall, a husband and father for whom obliviousness may well be an Olympic sport. More »

Mr. Turner feature
Turner tableau: Mike Leigh unveils portrait of celebrated British ‘painter of light’

As his rep and roles have grown in size, Timothy Spall has started to loom a lot like this millennium’s Charles Laughton. More »

CineAsia tribute
Pacific groundbreaker: Cinema 21 Group conquers Indonesia

Indonesian exhibition and distribution giant Cinema 21 Group has been selected as CineAsia’s “Distributor of the Year 2014.” More »

Annie feature
21st Century ‘Annie’: Director Will Gluck reimagines the comics’ irrepressible orphan for a new era

Can that ten-year-old African-American girl tearing through midtown Manhattan traffic on a Citi Bike be “Little Orphan Annie,” the pupil-less but purposeful Pollyanna in the bright red dress and matching curls from Depression-era America of the 1930s? More »

Life Partners Feature
Rom-com with a twist: Susanna Fogel’s ‘Life Partners’ offers a fresh take on friendship and love

As fresh as it is funny, Life Partners, Susanna Fogel's first feature, easily takes a prideful place alongside this year's wonderfully scripted winners—Love Is Strange, Listen Up Philip, Dear White People—proving again that the pen is mightier than the sword of mindless action/superhero franchises and drearily glossy commercial rom-coms. More »

Cinemas

Major Cineplex
Five-star experiences: Major Cineplex celebrates 20 years of deluxe locations

Thailand’s Major Cineplex Group, winner of the 2014 CineAsia “Exhibitor of the Year” Award, has been breaking new ground in many ways since its relatively modest beginnings in 1995–and apparently has quite a few more aces up its sleeves for years to come. More »

Phil Zacheretti
Phoenix rising: Phil Zacheretti oversees 97 screens in eight states

Our Concession Spotlight this month expands beyond just theatre concessions, as we introduce you to Phil Zacheretti, president and CEO of Phoenix Big Cinemas Management (PBCM) in Knoxville, TN More »

CineAsia Intro
Heading to Hong Kong: Annual CineAsia convention focuses on a booming region

The Asia-Pacific market is responsible for an increasingly large share of the global box-office bounty each year, which makes the annual CineAsia convention in Hong Kong a more and more essential event for the international movie exhibition and distribution communities. More »

Cinemarketing 12-14
Art, Heart, Food & Fury: Cinemarketing promotions feed the soul…and stomach

Art in the Arthouse…   In honor of this month’s CineAsia event, we begin our latest “Cinemarketing” overview with an exhibition featuring the exquisite abstract works of Nanchong City, China-born artist Xi Hou More »

Stan Jody Reynolds
Premium humanitarians: Stan & Jody Reynolds honored for commitment to charities

In recognition of their extensive philanthropic work with Variety The Children’s Charity and other charitable organizations, the founder, president and CEO of insurance company Reynolds & Reynolds, Stan J. Reynolds, and his wife Jody will receive the Al Shapiro Distinguished Service Award at the ShowEast convention in Florida. More »

Technology

Sony Laser
The promise of laser: New projection technology still faces challenges

Right now, intense discussion in the exhibitor community is focused on a brand-new generation of projectors illuminated by a laser light source. More »

Star Screen
Shining Star: A Chinese screen company’s tale of struggle and triumph

The Chinese film industry is growing by a remarkable 15 cinema screens per day, and two-thirds of those screens are being made by Anhui Star Screen Co. LLC. More »

Replacing digital projetors
Replacing digital projectors: A look into the future

This article looks at the replacement cycle of digital-cinema equipment. More »

Christie Experential Networks
'From the Street to the Screens': Christie Global Media envisions dynamic new lobby experience

“The industry has gone through a huge transformation in the projection booth over the past ten years More »

Illuminated Designs
Illuminated designs: Cinema architecture that sparkles, shimmers and shines

LOOK…who’s lighting up the night. Not only has architect Tony Pleskow provided the perfect rendering to illustrate this year’s design theme, but he also sets the tone for our endeavor. More »

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REVIEWS

Annie review
Film Review: Annie

Here’s an updated Annie for today’s entitled, tech-savvy and racially diverse generation of tweens who can easily relate to the new Annie’s love of luxurious toys. Their parents and other adults may miss the sweet innocence of the original, but they won’t be entirely bored by this frenetic new version of her classic story. More »

The H obbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Film Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

After rewriting the rules for modern fantasy cinema, for the better and worse, Peter Jackson’s six-film Tolkien saga slams, bangs and shudders to a long-overdue conclusion. More »

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