Tag: drama

How I Live Now

How I Live Now

| February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

When Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) goes to stay with her cousins in England, you think you’re about to undertake a typical, clichéd coming of age story.  Daisy is stubborn, hardened against this cynical world, and dripping with teenage angst.  Listening to her whine about the state of her family’s English cottage, their jeep, or the contents […]

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Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

| January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The complicated significance of blood connections is compellingly presented in director Kore-eda Hirokazu’s latest effort Like Father, Like Son. The film follows Ryota (played by Fukuyama Masaharu), a successful businessman whose constant striving for excellence dominates every motivation of his life, particularly in his household where the academic expectations for his son Keita have grown […]

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The Hunt (Jagten)

The Hunt (Jagten)

| December 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Thomas Vinterberg has the uncanny ability to tell some of the most gripping stories, regardless of how uncomfortable the subject matter. His first film The Celebration (Festen) was a testament to that and now with his latest film, The Hunt (Jagten) he manges to tell a story of fear, love and the very nature of […]

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All That I Am

All That I Am

| December 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Being a family does not guarantee a close relationship, and holidays and celebrations don’t always mean there will be reconciliation and joy; in fact, depending on how dysfunctional the family is, a gathering can bring about just the opposite. But pain is a necessary part of the growing process, and though the healing might not […]

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The Attack

The Attack

| November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

A prominent Arabic surgeon living in Tel Aviv is shaken to his core when police tell him they believe his wife was a suicide bomber responsible for an explosion that killed and injured many people at a restaurant.  Despite the massive amounts of evidence against his wife Siham (Reymonde Amsellem), Amin (Ali Suliman) is unswayed […]

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

| October 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Columbia College Chicago alum and director known for the movie Soul Food, George Tillman was honored at the 49th Chicago International Film Festival, just as his latest film, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, was hitting local theaters. Another local Chicago “church girl made good” Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) plays a drug-addicted single mom prostitute in […]

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Aliyah

Aliyah

| October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

I’m having a hard time imagining who would want to see this film.  The story is about Alex (Pio Marmai), who works as a drug dealer in Palestine, but wants to move to Israel to help his cousin open a restaurant.  Moving to Israel isn’t so simple for Alex since he has to learn to […]

Turtle Hill, Brooklyn

Turtle Hill, Brooklyn

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Will (Brian W. Seibert) is celebrating his 30th birthday with his boyfriend Mateo (Ricardo Valdez) and a group of their closest friends.  Issues of life, love, and sex present themselves in the close-knit intimate setting.  I just wish these philosophical discussion were more interesting and unique to the characters.  Instead, these discussions do more to […]

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Blood and Sand (1941)

Blood and Sand (1941)

| July 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

One year after director Rouben Mamoulian and actor Tyrone Power teamed up to make 1940’s The Mark of Zorro, the two came together once again to make the Technicolor bullfighting extravaganza, Blood and Sand. Co-starring Rita Hayworth, Anthony Quinn and John Carradine, Blood ad Sand is an epic drama about one man’s rise and fall […]

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Aliyah

Aliyah

| June 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

In the new film from Film Movement, there’s Isaac the older brother and Alex the younger brother. The younger brother deals drugs but can’t seem to get ahead, because the older brother is just so messed up that he’s always needing money to get out of one financial bind after another. Such is the life […]