Tag: drama

You Will Be My Son

You Will Be My Son

| February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Paul (Niels Arestrup) and his longtime business partner Francois (Patrick Chesnais) have been running a successful French vineyard for years.  They take a lot of pride in their work and the future is looking bright until Francois is diagnosed with cancer and given 6 months to live.  Now, Paul is forced to take on a […]

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Mortal Enemies

Mortal Enemies

| February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tradition meets cliché in this generic kung fu revenge flick.  When Ver (Verdy Bhawanta) witnesses his older brother’s murder, he’s sent to an orphanage, where he meets a young Sunny (Robin Shou; Mortal Kombat).  The two become like brothers themselves until Ver is adopted by a rich family.  Years later, after his adopted father’s death, […]

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Hindenburg

Hindenburg

| February 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

History and logic take a back seat to drama and thrilling heroics in Hindenburg, a mini-series offering one hypothesis for what caused the tragic explosion that killed 36 people in 1937.  No one is positive what caused the Hindenburg to explode, but director Philipp Kadelbach suggests that perhaps the airship was sabotaged by angry helium […]

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 […]