Category: Drama

Total 14 Posts

’21 Bridges’: Boseman’s Commanding Presence Carries Familiar Cop Action-Drama

“21 Bridges” works as a compelling action-drama film with a magnetic Chadwick Boseman at its center. Strong cinematography supports Brian Kirk’s instincts, but the pacing of the film and the character development risk derailing the film. “21 Bridges” is Recommended.

‘The Lighthouse’

“The Lighthouse” from Robert Eggers is a stunning film with strong performances from Academy Award-nominated Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson. The Highly Recommended “The Lighthouse” draws strength from within its confines and its gorgeous black & white images. If we

‘Jojo Rabbit’

“Jojo Rabbit” is the clever Nazi Germany satire from the brilliant mind of Taika Waititi as told through a 10-year-old’s vantage point. The polarizing story recalls Mel Brooks own brand of satire with rich characters supporting a unique comedy that

“Pain and Glory”

“Pain and Glory” is a sharp and witty self-examination of Pedro Almodóvar’s life, told through Antonio Banderas’s award-winning performance. The fabric of the film is expressed through the bright cinematography and colorful music transporting you to Spain and beyond. “Pain

“Last Call”

Shot in two, simultaneous single takes, Gavin Booth’s “Last Call” is a compelling story of two strangers who didn’t think they needed one another, find a way to reach out when they needed each other the most.  Reminiscent of Gustav Möller‘s “The

“Skin”

Academy Award-winning director Guy Nattiv’s “Skin” is the true life story of Bryon Widner, a White Supremacist who finds a way to put the senseless violence and wonton destruction behind him. Though the story is dramatically thin, Jamie Bell’s strong

“The Farewell”

Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” is as much about celebrating life as it is about finding one’s footing in a crazy world with crazy family members and crazy customs. It is also about the humility in how we face those customs

“Overwhelm the Sky”

I don’t dream much anymore. Why is this personal admission so critical to understanding Daniel Kremer’s “Overwhelm the Sky?” It’s not about perspective. I have plenty of that. No, it is more about understanding the how’s and the why’s of

Review: Burnett’s neo-realistic “Killer of Sheep” is timely and timeless.

In today’s flash-in-the-pan film environment where a perfectly-timed explosion, laugh, or shout punctuates a non-existent narrative, it’s very rare that I am floored by a film. Yes, I find every film to have a redeeming quality, but that doesn’t necessarily

Review: Live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is glorified eye candy

Before I delve into Bill Condon’s effervescent and joyous Beauty and the Beast, there’s a minor confession that needs to be laid bare:  I hadn’t watched the 1991 animated classic prior to seeing the live-action version.  As it turns out,