Tag: drama

The Captive

The Captive

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) only ran into the store for a few minutes to pick up a pie for his wife Tina (Mireille Enos; Netflix’s The Killing) and their 9 year old daughter Cass (Peyton Kennedy), who waited behind the truck.  By the time he returned, Cass was gone, kidnapped by a creepy pedophile (Kevin Durand) […]

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Laggies

Laggies

| February 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

How many times have we watched the ‘life journey’ relationship between the adolescent adult-male and mature boy-child play out on screen? Bruce Willis and Spencer Breslin in Disney’s The Kid comes to mind…for some reason. Laggies, starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz, seeks to execute this relationship in the female form. Or is that […]

Traitors

Traitors

| February 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Malika (Chaime Ben Acha) is the leader of her own punk band trying desperately to become a professional artist.  When she’s approached by a producer it seems like a big step, but she doesn’t have the money required to rent out a studio to record a demo.  Malika tries everything she can think of in […]

Rosewater

Rosewater

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jon Stewart’s first foray into filmmaking comes with certain expectations: politics, humor, satire, intelligence. Certainly a comedy is the first assumption, but Rosewater is the kind of movie that deepens our understanding of what can be expected from Stewart. Based on the true story of Maziar Bahari, an expatriated Iranian who returned home to cover […]

Maison Close

Maison Close

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Watching Maison Close, I couldn’t help but be reminded of one of my favorite movies, Brotherhood of the Wolf.  In that French film, an important plot point involves the heroes – taking a break from karate chopping and drop-kicking eighteenth century peasants – visiting a brothel.  The lead courtesan is an Italian played by Monica […]

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Whiplash

Whiplash

| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

The world of jazz drumming at the prestigious Shaffer Conservatory music school brings us one of the most intense films in the hunt for an Academy Award this year, words that no one intended to ever read.  Brought to you by Damien Chazelle, Whiplash is an inspiring, thrilling, and captivating film that will leave hearts […]

The Duke Of Burgundy

The Duke Of Burgundy

| January 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

The limits of desire and fulfillment are dissected quite captivatingly in Peter Strickland’s latest film The Duke Of Burgundy. The story takes place in an unknown town and in the rooms and gardens of a seemingly ancient estate. There, Cynthia, played by Sidse Babett Knudesen, an assumed although never confirmed entomologist engages in a sadomasochistic relationship with […]

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Abstraction

Abstraction

| January 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

I really only need one word to review this movie:  amateur.  But, since I’m required to write at least 400 words, I’ll go into a bit more detail. Everything about Abstraction feels like it was thrown together by a group of community college dropouts.  The acting, writing, directing, camera work, editing, characterization, structure, etc all […]

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Alien Rising

Alien Rising

| January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

With all the grace and skill of a Syfy Original Movie, comes Alien Rising, a hackneyed, hasty, cheap movie intended for god knows what audience.  Starring Amy Hathaway and Lance Henrickson (Aliens), this movie follows a former secret agent years after losing her beloved partner and working as a ballet instructor.  She is unexpectedly thrown […]

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Two Days, One Night

Two Days, One Night

| January 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne create a moving and complex portrait of everyday survival with their latest film Two Days, One Night. The story follows Sandra, played by Marion Cotillard, who has just returned to work after suffering a bout of depression.  As soon as she arrives though, management reveals they can operate with one […]

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