Tag: drama

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Woman in Gold (2015)

Screening at the Berlin Film Festival in a city that wears the scars of World War II in every rebuilt street and solemn memorial comes Woman in Gold, a reminder that there’s some way to go yet to recover from that terrible period. A glossy Hollywood drama, part legal procedural, […]

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Mr. Holmes (2015)

He scorns the deerstalker, shuns the pipe and tuts his way through inaccurate cinematic depictions. 93 year old Sherlock Holmes is not a man at ease with the legend grown up around him. Frail of body and mind, he also desperately wants to resolve the case that decades ago ended […]

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Queen of Earth (2015)

Evidently, Elisabeth Moss and holiday homes do not mix. When she wandered off to one with Mark Duplass to save their marriage in The One I Love, some pretty weird stuff went down. Now in Alex Ross Perry’s tightly wound psychological horror she disintegrates steeply in front of us. Resembling […]

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Knight of Cups (2015)

For two decades Terrence Malick was the disappeared genius, a secretive artist hidden out of sight. After two astonishing films in the 70’s, his long overdue return with The Thin Red Line in 1998 proved worth the wait. Since then, he’s gradually ramped up production. Perhaps that was a mistake […]

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Love, Theft and Other Entanglements (2015)

Stealing cars is a risky enough business. Now try doing it in and around the Palestinian territories. From this simple and irreverent starting point, debut director Muayad Alayan (co-writing with Rami Alayan) channels Jean-Luc Godard into a fast-paced and delightfully comic story that manages to address life in one of […]

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Seashore (2015)

Fabricating convincing people is an incredibly tricky task. Add in too much drama and they become obvious creations. Too little on the other hand and they are liable to disintegrate under the bright glare of the camera. Brazilian coming of age drama Seashore errs far too close to the latter. […]

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Still Life (2013)

Obsequies  In Uberto Pasolini’s somewhat too aptly named Still Life (not to be confused with Jia Zhang-ke’s), today’s offbeat “it” boy of British acting, Eddie Marsan, a natural specialist in meek and understated roles, plays John May, a London caseworker in the south central district of Kennington assigned to investigate those who […]

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Nobody Wants the Night (2015)

Stretching far out into the distance lies an empty expanse of white. It’s an inhospitable environment, one you’d have to be mad to venture into. That’s exactly what Josephine Peary, wife of the famous explorer Robert intends to do though. The 65th Berlin Film Festival opens with this overblown tale […]

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A Most Violent Year (2014)

A star-making year A Most Violent Year has been described as an offshoot of the Godfather pictures, but it’s also first cousin to James Gray’s The Yards with a dash of Sidney Lumet; ultimately it transcends this tradition in its own way. It’s hushed and intense, less high powered than these forebears, pared down and […]

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Starred Up (2013)

Rough father-son bonding in an English prison: a breakthrough for director and star “Starred up” denotes the British prison practice of introducing some particularly hard youthful cases into adult prison before they’re 21. Eric Love (Jack O’Connell) at 19 is an explosive, violent youth brought into jail after years of […]