Tag: drama

The Place Beyond the Pines

The Place Beyond the Pines

| March 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

In 2010, I recall standing outside in the bitter cold of Park City, Utah, hoping to  catch of glimpse of a Sundance highlight, Blue Valentine. Star-studded with two pop icons – Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams – the line was understandably lengthy, making the chance of getting rush tickets near impossible. We failed to be part of the lucky […]

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11 Flowers

11 Flowers

| February 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Coming of age stories are nothing new, but coming of age near the end of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in 1978 makes for a great story. 11 Flowers is a story about 11-year-old Wang Han, who lived in Southeast Asia with his father, mother, and sister during the revolution. It was no doubt a memorable […]

The Master

The Master

| February 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

At the end of World War II, Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix; Walk The Line) isn’t quite sure what to do with himself.  A couple of real world temp jobs don’t work out, but Freddie’s talent for making his own liquor soon attracts the attention of ambitious renaissance man Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman; Synecdoche, New […]

Like Someone In Love

Like Someone In Love

| February 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

The gray screen of a security camera fizzles into focus, revealing the penetrating hate-filled eyes of a young man. Muted shouts spurt from his mouth, possessed, infuriated lips staining the camera with saliva as his fists pound relentlessly at the door in front of him, the rhythmic boom now a frenzy shaking the walls as if […]

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Bleak Night (Pasuggun)

Bleak Night (Pasuggun)

| February 5, 2013 | 1 Comments

Yoon Sung-Hyun’s Bleak Night (Pasuggun) is an incredible feature film debut and an intimate portrait of high school life. A father (Jo Sung-Ha) is overwhelmed with grief, after his son has recently committed suicide. As he’s looking through all of his things, he comes across a picture of his son, with two of his friends […]

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Yelling to the Sky

Yelling to the Sky

| February 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Yelling to the Sky is a bad girl movie that brings together two biracial sisters, one of whom catches hell at home from her white father and also at school, as she is bullied on a daily basis. Their mother, played by Yolonda Ross,  also is verbally and physically abused by the father played by […]

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

| February 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

It always takes an unspeakable tragedy to bring certain painful, embarrassing, sticky, inconvenient truths to the surface. Such is the case for the group of Parisian friends and lovers in Little White Lies. For the most part, the film redeems itself of its length with characters and moments that feel real and honest, which makes […]

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End of Watch

End of Watch

| January 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Every so often, a movie comes along that re-defines a well-established genre. Such is the hope with writer/director David Ayer’s End of Watch. With such a beloved sub-genre as the cop drama, Ayer is trying to do it all with End of Watch: he is clearly trying to make something new while staying loyal to […]

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Farewell, My Queen

Farewell, My Queen

| January 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Farewell, My Queen, based on the international bestselling novel by Chantel Thomas, is brought to the screen by the acclaimed French director Benoit Jacquot. It is a glorious telling of the events surrounding the beginning of the French Revolution and beginning of the end of the reign of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. This story has […]

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The Wise Kids

The Wise Kids

| January 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Stephen Cone’s The Wise Kids is labeled as a dynamic Southern coming-of-age drama, yet it plays out like an awkward Christian special mistakenly aired on ABC Family.  While Cone is able to embody the spirit of a Southern Christian denomination that struggles with the same problems everyone else faces, yet they seem quantified because of […]

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