Posts Tagged ‘drama’
Uma Thurman stars in Miramax's "Beautiful Girls," a 1996 romantic dramedy directed by the late Ted Demme.

Class of 1996: ‘Beautiful Girls’

It may not philosophically aspire to much more than mirroring a popular Counting Crows lyric. But its barroom eloquence and stumblebum sadness all linger.
The Finest Hours

The Finest Hours

A drama based on a famed rescue from the annals of the Coast Guard that is pedestrian and formulaic in its presentation.

Michael Stone (voice of David Thewlis) takes a long, hard look at himself in "Anomalisa," a 2015 Paramount Pictures stop-motion animation film co-directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson.


Dizzying and disarming, Charlie Kaufman's triumphant return is an acridly funny, achingly resonant and meticulously constructed film about love and loneliness.
"13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" is director Michael Bay's look at the infamous international siege.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Neither partisan nor propaganda, Michael Bay's film stares down the absurdity of 21st-century warfare politics with the force & brutal efficiency of a howitzer.

Things get hairy (and salivary) in "The Revenant," a 2015 20th Century Fox release.

Yap vs. Yap: The Revenant

In the latest Yap vs. Yap, Nick Rogers and Christopher Lloyd dress in layers of freshly cut fur, load their rifles and take aim at each other on "The Revenant."
Robert De Niro stars as master thief Neil McCauley in Michael Mann's landmark 1995 crime drama "Heat."

Class of 1995: ‘Heat’

Often emulated but never equaled, "Heat" isn't just a terrific crime epic. Its elegant, exciting examination of existential entropy elevates it to GOAT status.

Rooney Mara (left) and Cate Blanchett star in the 2015 Weinstein Company release "Carol," Todd Haynes' sumptuous period-piece romance.


Elegantly composed, impeccably acted by Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara, and beautifully rendered, Todd Haynes' latest love story is one of 2015’s very best films.
Jennifer Lawrence stars as Joy Mangano, inventor of the Miracle Mop, in "Joy," a 2015 Twentieth Century Fox biopic loosely based on her life and co-written and directed by David O. Russell.


Even as it gets stuck between stations, “Joy” is an engaging — and, at the right moments, enraging — tale of both perseverance and the psychology of purchasing.

"Borderless" (2015), an Iranian film about mercy and kindness in the face of war, is now playing at the Heartland Film Festival.

Heartland: Borderless

"Borderless" is a story of human decency and survival couched in the somber truth of life in a war zone.
"Before the Bomb" (2015) a new short film directed by Tannaz Hazemi and starring Sterling Jerins is now showing at the Heartland Film Festival.

Heartland: Before the Bomb

A masterful, subtle reflection tinged by survivor's guilt, "Before the Bomb" is like a sad dream of one girl's bittersweet childhood.

Thatcher Robinson and Paul Stanko star in "Superior," (2015) directed by Edd Benda and a selection of the Heartland Film Festival.

Heartland: Superior

"Superior" is a coming-of-age story that, like its characters, lacks the maturity to realize its own purpose or potential.
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Heartland: A More Perfect Union

“A More Perfect Union” is a powerful film whose message is as important today as it was then and shouldn’t be ignored.

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Heartland: Dakota

“Dakota” is a short film with a big idea that fails to connect with the audience.

Heartland: Under Construction

A meaningful feature about Muslim culture because it eschews melodrama for quiet introspection.