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Chained for Life review – smart comedy-horror toys with reality | Drama films

This low budget film written and directed by Aaron Schimberg is almost all sorts of weird, and yet it has a gracious warmth and an endless supply of originality that makes it irresistible as hell. Filled with rambling digressions, sudden changes in tone, and playful pretenses as it oscillates between layers of ‘reality’ and performance, […]

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The Farewell Review – a beautifully bittersweet Chinese-American family drama | Drama films

The pushing and pulling between blood ties and cultural ties is explored with a light touch and a keen eye for detail in this delightful, semi-autobiographical family drama from writer and director Lulu Wang. Chinese-American Billi (Awkwafina, relying on her prickly comic turn in crazy rich asians) has one foot in each of the two […]

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We the Animals review – hard times under the sun | Drama films

WOpening in the spirited style of Terrence Malick, documentary director Jeremiah Zagar makes his feature-length debut with this poetic and sensual coming-of-age film about growing up in poverty in rural America. Painfully recounting the lives of three brothers over the course of a year or so as they accumulate scars that they will bear as […]

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Thunder Road Review – bittersweet portrayal of law and disorder | Drama films

AAt the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016, Jim Cummings, a multitasking force of nature, unveiled a brilliantly excruciating short film about a grieving cop struggling to say goodbye to his mother at her funeral. Inspired by his mother’s love for dancing and Bruce Springsteen, hapless Cummings officer Jim Arnaud expresses his grief through movement […]

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Woman at War Review – the mother of all green goddesses | Drama films

TTo describe Benedikt Erlingsson’s humor as “dry” is a bit like saying that things can get “cold” the closer you get to the Arctic Circle. After conquering Iceland’s theatrical stages and television screens as a writer, director and performer, Erlingsson turned to feature films in 2013, where his brand of tragi-comic tongue-in-cheek humor laughter once […]

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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 […]

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Benjamin criticizes – Simon Amstell’s barbed wire spirit shines | Drama films

TComedian Simon Amstell is best known as the acerbic former host of BBC2 Don’t mind the Buzzcocks and his sitcom Grandmother’s house. His first semi-autobiographical feature film (following his mock iPlayer 2017 documentary Carnage) turns it into something romantic, revealing a sweet, swift heart beneath the barbed jokes. Benjamin (Colin Morgan, who plays Amstell’s chuckle) […]

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Border: A Nordic Dark Romance With Cinema’s Weirdest Sex Scene | Drama movies

Border is a film so full of strange surprises that it is better to see it without knowing anything about it, and almost impossible to discuss it without spoiler. So if this is the experience you crave, read no further. As its title suggests, Border blurs boundaries. The story begins at a literal boundary – […]

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An Impossible Love review – mother and daughter separated | Drama films

WDirector and director Catherine Corsini tends to be unfairly overlooked in appreciations of contemporary French cinema. I really enjoyed her latest film, Summertime, a swooning lesbian romance sharpened by a 1970s feminist rock-hard background. But I’m not convinced that An impossible love is the film that will elevate its status within the arthouse community. It’s […]

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Examining blind spots – just try to look away | Drama films

TThe title of this disarming indie indie – a word of mouth success in the United States – refers to how the eye can become so fixated on one aspect of a given image that it fails to register it. others. The film, a moving showcase of star writers Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, denies […]

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Wajib Review – A Wacky Getaway Through Nazareth | Drama films

This lively and accessible dramatic comedy by Palestinian writer-director Annemarie Jacir takes place over a winter day in Nazareth as father Abu and son Shadi (played by real father and son Mohammad and Saleh Bakri) deliver hand wedding invitations for the upcoming nuptials of Abu’s daughter, Amal (Maria Zreik). Driving around town in a battered […]

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Breaking Through Review – Quirky YouTuber Dance Drama | Drama movies

DDespite the sponsorship of executive producer John Legend, this tasteless dance film took three years to find distribution. Now that he’s here, he drags his feet less than he drags them with gentle indifference. Writer-director John Swetnam gave the boilerplate narrative that underpinned his Step Up 4 script a vaguely zeitgeisty twist, in that California […]

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14 best drama movies of 2018

20th Century Fox + Universal Pictures + Focus Features ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Release date: December 25th. With : Rami Malek, Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello, Allen Leech and Lucy Boynton. On: A biopic on the Queen group. Advertising – Continue Reading Below Advertising – Continue Reading Below “Mary Queen of Scots” Release date: December 7. […]

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The Mountain Between Us review – inadvertently hilarious | Drama movies

IDris Elba, Kate Winslet and a Giant Snow Mountain: What’s Not to Love? Free-spirited photojournalist Alex (Winslet) “filmed neo-Nazis for the Guardian“, and get married in the morning, brain surgeon Ben (Elba) has to operate on a dying 10-year-old the next day, they’re stuck at the Salt Lake City airport and all flights have been […]

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Colossal review – a demonic drinking problem played for laughs | Drama films

In last year’s fantastic masterpiece A monster is calling, Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona gave us a young British boy struggling with grief and anxiety, metaphorically realized in the form of a gigantic walking tree. Here, Bayona’s compatriot Nacho Vigalondo serves up an impossibly bizarre gender hybrid in which the drunken frenzy of a young […]

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Handsome Devil review – a wellness comedy tackles homophobia | Drama films

Wdirector-director John Butler captured hearts and minds with his 2013 comedy The Stag; this new film deals with homophobia and conformism in a posh Irish boarding school. Very clearly, for him it is a personal and autobiographical project. For me, Handsome Devil exists in a tonal overlap in Venn’s diagram between John Carney’s Sing Street […]

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Their Best Review – Sharp War Romance | Drama movies

LLondon, 1940. Catrin (Gemma Arterton) rushes home through the bombed-out streets at dusk. Without warning, she is swept away by a bomb explosion. Blinking with the grain of her eyes, she stumbles over a pile of broken bodies. Her initial horror turns to laughter when she realizes they are store mannequins. Then she notices that […]

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Catfight review – punches and punchlines in a bloody black comedy | Drama films

HThere is something to remind you that, regardless of the current debate, real violence is presumably still quite rare in movies, and therefore the violence in this dark comedy from New York-based independent filmmaker Onur Tukel is, in its own right. way, surprising and quite shocking. It’s a vignette of extended wickedness that reminded me […]

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Heritage of Love review – miserable and retchworthy Russian romance | Drama movies

SSoaked in sentimentality, bogus emotion and cliché, watching it feels like you’re bombarded by a spongy, alcopop-soaked romance novel, this St Petersburg-Paris drama is the very embodiment of the Russian notion of “poshlost”, a kind of corny vulgarity that Nabokov dissected at length in his book on Gogol. It’s a depressing sign of the times, […]

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople review – Kiwi buddy movie | Drama films

A big-hearted image full of discreet little moments of magic, the New Zealand dramatic comedy Wild hunt is an offbeat charmer. Directed by Taika Waititi (co-director of the mock vampire documentary) What we do in the shadows), it downplays the big laughs from its predecessor, instead focusing on the emotional thrust of a mismatched buddies […]

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Love & Friendship review – a treat | Drama movies

Jthere’s always been more than a touch of Jane Austen about the films of Whit Stillman, the incisive social satirist behind 1998’s The last days of disco and 2011 Damsels in Distress. Stillman’s feature debut in 1990 Metropolitan was inspired by mansfield park, and his later studies of social mores all possessed a tone of […]

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American Hustle Review – the hellzapoppin dark comedy that’s irresistibly watchable | Drama films

IIt’s not just any kind of fuss. The adjective “American” added to a word in a movie title always implies something with instant design classic status, beautifully interwoven with irony and modernity. There is no plausible equivalent in the UK. British Beauty, British Psycho and British History X look like 1950s movies starring Diana Dors, […]

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Why I love… the career in Breaking Away | Drama movies

Breaking Away is a terrific movie about working class kids in an upper class town. Dave, Mike, Cyril, and Moocher are out of school and out of work, wandering the leafy, scholarly surroundings of Bloomington, Indiana. I like movies with a strong sense of place; where the place is almost a character in its own […]