Tag Archives: Drama

Marshall

HIS NAME MEANS JUSTICE.  In the early 1940s, the NAACP sends young attorney Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) to Louisiana where a black man (Sterling K. Brown) stands accused of having raped an affluent white woman (Kate Hudson); Marshall teams up with a local lawyer (Josh Gad). This biography of the first African-American justice on the … Continue reading Marshall

Our Souls at Night

When two elderly neighbors (Robert Redford, Jane Fonda) begin to share a bed at night, simply to cure their loneliness, the arrangement doesn’t sit well with everybody in their lives… The director of The Lunchbox (2013) delivers another romantic drama for grownups, one that unites the two stars onscreen for the first time since 1979. … Continue reading Our Souls at Night

Dangerous Liaisons: Fun and Games in Ancien Régime France

LUST. SEDUCTION. REVENGE. THE GAME AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT PLAYED BEFORE.  In 1782, four volumes of the epistolary novel ”Les Liaisons Dangereuses” were published in France. Written by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, the novel depicts scandalous sexual intrigues among aristocrats and has been seen as a politically dangerous morality tale of the behavior of … Continue reading Dangerous Liaisons: Fun and Games in Ancien Régime France

First They Killed My Father

Cambodia, 1975; after the Khmer Rouge take over the country and impose a crushingly strict Communist regime, 7-year-old Loung Ung (Sareum Srey Moch) and her family are among the many displaced. No one can question Angelina Jolie’s commitment as a humanitarian with a special interest in Cambodia, but that doesn’t automatically make her a great … Continue reading First They Killed My Father

USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

BASED ON A TRUE STORY OF SURVIVAL. On a mission to deliver parts for the atomic bomb that will be used on Hiroshima, the USS Indianapolis is sunk by the Japanese navy; the survivors battle fatigue and sharks. One of the greatest disasters in American military history gets a silver screen treatment of the worst … Continue reading USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

Simple-Minded Murderer: Walking with Angels

Hans Alfredson is the kind of filmmaker who could draw big audiences, who won awards and critical praise. A multitalented giant within Sweden’s showbiz community, he never really gained attention abroad. Perhaps his talent and sense of humor were too uniquely Swedish. When he passed away at the age of 86 a few weeks ago, … Continue reading Simple-Minded Murderer: Walking with Angels

Saturday Night Fever: Disco Inferno

… CATCH IT! In the mid-1970s, British rock journalist Nik Cohn arrived in New York City. He gained attention by writing an article for New York Magazine called ”Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night”, vividly depicting the local disco scene. The article ended up inspiring the movie Saturday Night Fever… but it turned out … Continue reading Saturday Night Fever: Disco Inferno

The Electric Horseman

Former professional rodeo rider ”Sonny” Steele (Robert Redford) only does PR events nowadays… until he’s fed up, steals a very valuable but mistreated race horse and goes on the lam. Sydney Pollack and Redford reunited for this pleasant romantic comedy after making several movies in the 1970s; Jane Fonda joins them as a reporter looking … Continue reading The Electric Horseman

Three Billboards: Pain and Redemption

I had the opportunity to see this film at an early stage; it had been screened only at the film festivals in Venice and Toronto. I enjoyed it very much, but felt a little conflicted afterwards, something that stayed with me over the night and was reflected in a too-hasty original review for this site. … Continue reading Three Billboards: Pain and Redemption

Victoria & Abdul

HISTORY’S MOST UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP. In 1887, Indian clerk Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) is one of two men hired to deliver a ceremonial gift to Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) in England; the ruler becomes fascinated by Abdul and makes him her spiritual guide… Dench returned to the part of Queen Victoria after playing her in Mrs. … Continue reading Victoria & Abdul

Being There: Chance at the White House

LIFE IS A STATE OF MIND. The character of Chance in this movie, the last great one from both Peter Sellers and Hal Ashby, has entered popular culture over the years. As reality-show celebrity and billionaire Donald Trump entered the 2016 presidential race in the U.S., some political commentators made comparisons with Chance. After all, … Continue reading Being There: Chance at the White House