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Topic: drama

Starbuck

A sitcom premise with spunk.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Thanksgiving brings Vince Vaughn's Delivery Man to theaters, but you can see it now, more or less, in Starbuck, the 2011 French dramedy that serves as the source material for the American remake.
 
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Canyons

True to its title, the film is a void.


Drama

Rod Lott
Paul Schrader’s The Canyons opens and closes with a montage of abandoned movie theaters. For this film in particular, that choice strikes one as symbolic in several ways: not only as a comment on the state of the industry, but on the state of The Canyons itself. You’re unlikely to find many 2013 films this empty.
 
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Place Beyond the Pines

The epic crime drama's route runs from great to good.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Now available on Blu-ray and DVD, The Place Beyond the Pines is two-thirds of a great movie. Director Derek Cianfrance’s follow-up to 2010’s Oscar-nominated Blue Valentine is a tense, powerful crime thriller with some weighty stuff on its mind. It speaks to the filmmaker’s know-how that not even a crazily contrived third act can damper its haunting power.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

On the Road

Hey, Jack Kerouac, they finally made a movie of your classic novel. Now for the tricky part ...


Drama

Aimee Williams
Walter Salles’ On the Road extends a fragmented blip on the map of American poetry — one that doesn’t necessitate resurrection.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Amour

Brace yourself for an unflinchingly honest love story.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke isn't the obvious choice for a movie about love at its weightiest and most profound. In previous works like Funny Games, The Piano Teacher and Caché, he has crafted cinematic nipple twists that tweak audiences while examining humankind at its cruelest.
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

To the Wonder

Film buffs run hot-and-cold on Terrence Malick, and his latest may leave them frigid.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Terrence Malick either inspires or bores. There isn’t much middle ground when it comes to assessing the famously reclusive filmmaker who has made only six features since his 1973 debut, Badlands.
 
Friday, August 9, 2013

Ultimate Gangsters Collection: Classics

Proof that crime does pay!


Drama

Rod Lott
I'm ready to proclaim Ultimate Gangsters Collection: Classics as the set to get for 2013. Both a crash course into the golden age of the cinematic criminal and a time capsule of black-and-white badassery, the five-disc Blu-ray package is infinitely rewarding.
 
Friday, August 9, 2013

The Brontë Sisters

Poetry in emotion.


Drama

Aimee Williams
Originally released in 1979, André Téchiné’s The Brontë Sisters takes the previously highly fictionalized story of the Bronte sisters and imposes an auteur’s vision.
 
Saturday, August 10, 2013

Drinking Games / From the Head

No budget? No problem!


Drama

Rod Lott

For no-budget cinema, the single location is a godsend. Set a movie entirely or mostly in one spot — one room, even — and you jussssst might be able to afford to put your thinly veiled autobiographical story onto film (OK, technically video). Such is the case for two new indie offerings: Drinking Games and From the Head.

 
Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Iceman

Just chill.


Drama

Rod Lott

By now, playing the nice guy with a dark side must be old hat to Michael Shannon, to the point of typecasting. Think of Take Shelter. Think of HBO's Boardwalk Empire. That's how you'll think of The Iceman.

 
Friday, August 23, 2013
 
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