Posts Tagged ‘drama’
Ben Mendelsohn (center) and Ryan Reynolds play a pair of hard-luck gamblers in 2015's "Mississippi Grind," an A24 release co-directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden.

Mississippi Grind

Career-best work by Ryan Reynolds & Ben Mendelsohn carries an unhurried, empathetic gambling drama that stays at the table a bit too long to achieve greatness.
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Black Coal, Thin Ice

There were so many twists and turns during the third act that some of them should have dispersed throughout the previous two acts.

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The New Girlfriend

A French import about obsession, love, loyalty and family that is hindered by a lack of a constant tone.
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ReelBob: Black Mass

Johnny Depp gives one of the most compelling and ferocious performances of his career as Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger in "Black Mass."

Beck Weathers (Josh Brolin) holds on for dear life in "Everest," an adventure drama from Universal Pictures based on actual events and directed by Baltasar Kormakur.

ReelBob: Everest

"Everest" is visually and technically impressive, but too many characters clutter the drama, making the story impersonal.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars as expedition group leader Scott Fischer in "Everest," an adventure drama based on true events and directed by Baltasar Kormakur.


A technically magnificent, frighteningly immersive and solidly acted drama about the irresistible force of commerce meeting Mother Nature's immovable object.

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Lily Tomlin gives an exceptional performance in a small movie that nevertheless makes big statements about trust, loyalty, love and — most importantly — family.
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ReelBob: ‘Jimmy’s Hall’

"Jimmy's Hall" is loosely based on true events. But fact or fiction, you cannot deny the humanity and grace that director Ken Loach brings to the project.

Bel Powell stars as Minnie in the new movie "Diary of a Teenage Girl"

Diary of a Teenage Girl

Few films can start with a teenage girl boasting "I just had sex" and get away with it. But "Diary of a Teenage Girl" is no run-of-the-mill coming-of-age tale.
The rise and fall of gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A. is chronicled in "Straight Outta Compton," a 2015 Universal Pictures release directed by F. Gary Gray.

ReelBob: ‘Straight Outta Compton’

It evokes a driving, constant beat that will keep you invested in the music and especially in the quintet of artists who rode it into a nation’s consciousness.

The rise and fall of gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A. is chronicled in "Straight Outta Compton," a 2015 Universal Pictures release directed by F. Gary Gray.

Straight Outta Compton

The movie doesn't feel phony, but it beats an unexpected retreat to safety — a solace far beyond the gaze of the greatness “Compton” gives you at the outset.
Rebecca Hall, Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton (who also wrote and directed) star in "The Gift," a 2015 psychological thriller from STX Entertainment.

The Gift

Co-star/writer/director Joel Edgerton delivers a confidently patient, psychologically potent and wonderfully acted parable about victimization and vindication.

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ReelBob: ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’

By Bob Bloom Mark Ruffalo’s performance as a father and husband struggling with bipolar depression is the reason to see “Infinitely Polar Bear.” This troubling family drama tackles a serious subject in a rather lighthearted manner, yet still adheres to its emphasis on showing not only the impact of this illness on the person who […]
Chorus movie 2015


This acclaimed tale of loss and reconnection is a mixed bag: equal parts compelling and heavy-handed.