Posts Tagged ‘drama’
Tony Hale and Adam Pally star in "Night Owls," an Indy Film Fest selection.

Night Owls

A serio-comic look at the lives of two 20-somethings, "Night Owls" makes two young people confront and question their lives and choices.
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The Gallows

"The Gallows" is high school horror with a cheese factor turned up to 11, whose silliness almost overwhelms its genuine sense of fear.

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Cinema Blind Spots: Nashville (1975)

Forty years after the release of Robert Altman's country classic "Nashville," Austin tells us his thoughts once he sees it for the first time!
Traumatized by his handler's death in Afghanistan, a Belgian Malinois military working dog is adopted by the fallen Marine's family in "Max," a 2015 MGM / Warner Brothers family film directed by Boaz Yakin.


By trying to sharpen its edges when sincere, simple empathy suits it fine, “Max” swerves its story in the worst possible direction.


Miss Julie

"Miss Julie" features standout performances, but doesn't feel like it was meant for the screen.
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As humbling as it is jarring, "Mommy" is a top-notch roller coaster of conflicting emotions.

Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew and Blake Lively star in "The Age of Adaline," a 2015 Lionsgate film directed by Lee Toland Krieger.

The Age of Adaline

Despite frustrating first and final acts, "The Age of Adaline" eases into easygoing, effective melodrama thanks to a most unlikely savior.
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in "The Imitation Game" (2014).

The Imitation Game

"The Imitation Game" is a gripping drama that doesn't let the audience off the hook for history's terrible treatment of Alan Turing.

Reel Bob: ‘GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem’

By Bob Bloom “GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” will so outrage your sense of justice that you need to restrain yourself from jumping at the screen. This Israeli feature follows a woman’s five-year battle to secure a divorce from her husband. Under Israel’s religious marriage laws, only Orthodox rabbis can legalize a marriage or authorize […]
Al Franken stars as cable access TV-show host (and "Saturday Night Live" character) Stuart Smalley in 1995's "Stuart Saves His Family," directed by Harold Ramis.

Class of 1995: “Stuart Saves His Family”

Upending expectations of the "Saturday Night Live" subgenre, "Stuart Saves His Family" is good enough and smart enough to paint a seriocomic portrait of misery.

Fabrizio Rongione and Oscar nominee Marion Cotillard star in "Two Days, One Night," a 2014 French drama directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

Two Days, One Night

A social drama with real sting & a commanding turn by Marion Cotillard, this is a fascinating field study of life on the financial fringes of the working class.
"Dear White People" (2014) starring Tessa Thompson.

Dear White People

"Dear White People" is a whip-smart comedy about racial politics that, like real life, is never as simple as black versus white.

From left, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Marsden, Wentworth MIller, Karl Urban and Eric Stonestreet star in "The Loft," a 2015 release from Open Road Films and director Erik Van Looy.

Quick Takes: Jan. 30

Nick Rogers offers some quick takes on a trio of new movies that opened this weekend — "The Loft," "Black or White" and "Project Almanac."
Jessica Chastain stars as Anna Morales in A24's "A Most Violent Year," written and directed by J.C. Chandor

A Most Violent Year

There have been many pretenders to Sidney Lumet's vacant throne. Here is a thoroughly engrossing heir — with plenty of meat on its bones and ice in its veins.