Drama films

Eighth Grade Review – Brilliant Adulthood Beginnings | Drama films

AAccepting his first director’s award from the National Board of Review in January, “internet comedian” turned filmmaker Bo Burnham described his brilliantly empathetic debut feature as “an attempt to represent the children who live their lives online“; young people who have been” wrongly presented as self-obsessed, narcissistic, superficial “, but who are in reality” self-aware […]

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Styx Review – Refugee Dilemma Tests the Moral Compass | Drama films

OOur creatives continue to form more imaginative and compassionate responses to the question of mass migration than our politicians. Much like the recent televised conscience prickles Home and Don’t Forget the Driver, Austrian director Wolfgang Fischer’s quietly captivating second feature immerses us in the debate around freedom of movement. Cinematically, it’s reminiscent of a clever […]

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Pond Life review – loving coming-of-age comedy | Drama films

THeatre director Bill Buckhurst makes his film debut with this semi-gritty portrayal of teenagers in a dead end estate in mid-90s Yorkshire. It’s a drama in the socially conscious lore of Ken Loach, with echoes of Shane Meadows’ playful buddies and a dollop of Support me nostalgia; it’s sometimes very funny about friendship and growing […]