Posts Tagged ‘drama’
Occupy, Texas

Heartland: Occupy, Texas

“Occupy, Texas” is a family drama with just enough bite to keep it from being too saccharine.
American Honey

American Honey

Frequently engaging and beautifully shot, but at 163 minutes there is almost enough material for two full movies and it washes, rinses, repeats.

Before he cracks heads, Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) must crunch some numbers in "The Accountant," a 2016 action-drama from Warner Brothers.

The Accountant

"The Accountant" embraces icy reserve early before turning blowtorches of dull sentiment, clunky exposition, unsurprising surprises & illogical twists upon it.

New to View: Oct. 4

A new drama starring Rachel Weisz, the final season of the Cinemax series "Banshee" and Nicolas Winding Refn's "The Neon Demon" lead this week's new releases.


Deepwater Horizon

A multimillion-dollar movie about mistakes made to hold onto one-millionth of a profit percentage, but it mostly finds value in the right places.
Stanley Tucci (center) and Tony Shalhoub (right) play bickering brothers running a restaurant — while busboy Cristiano (Marc Anthony) toils away — in 1996's "Big Night," a comedy drama from the Samuel Goldwyn Company.

Class of 1996: ‘Big Night’

A food film that also understands the push & pull, the pains & pleasures, and the insistent call of “the American dream” without speechifying or simplifying.

A Tale of Love and Darkness

A Tale of Love and Darkness

Despite the movie’s flaws, Portman’s sincerity and her and Tessler’s performances will remain with you after the credits roll.
William of Baskerville (Sean Connery) and Adso of Melk (Christian Slater) contemplate clues to a murder in "The Name of the Rose," a 1986 adaptation of Umberto Eco's novel.

Class of 1986: ‘The Name of the Rose’

Umberto Eco's assessment of this movie is unkind, but his book hasn't been stripped down to a tawdry whodunit. Here, the whydunit matters as much, if not more.

Gunrunners David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) fist-bump after delivering some Berettas to Iraq in "War Dogs," a 2016 comedy-drama from Warner Brothers.

War Dogs

Feels like a Martin Scorsese LEGO set, down to a Jonah Hill minifig with articulated middle fingers you can raise. Without him, "War Dogs" would be useless.
"Empty Space" (2016), directed by James Choi and starring Merrick Robison and Elizabeth Stenholt, is now playing at Indy Film Fest.

Indy Film Fest: Empty Space

Although rough around the edges, "Empty Space" is a coming-of-age film that meanders between moments both poignant and funny.

West of Her feature

Indy Film Fest: West of Her

A beautiful debut film both mysterious and enchanting, and anchored by a wonderful performance from Kesley Siepser, who’s a talent that deserves to be noticed.


A nonsensical spy plot and uncertain tone undermine a solid performance by Kevin Costner.

Demolition Jake Gyllenhaal Naomi Watts


A well-intentioned film about the nuances of grief, "Demolition" tries its best to avert cliches but is largely unsuccessful.
The Ice Storm Featured Image

Buried Treasures: The Ice Storm

A serious, heartbreaking dramatic representation of ashes burned from the sexual revolution of the 1970s.