Category Archives: Drama

Gifted (PG-13)

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Marc Webb’s first return to indie after directing the two “Amazing Spider-Man” films is remarkable, and it’s also refreshing that Chris Evans does intimate indies like this in between his “Captain America” outings. 

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The Graduate (NR)

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Ben Braddock may be the most selfish character ever idealized on the screen. An adolescent with no regard for others, he goes from being an indecisive college graduate to a degenerate and sadistic creep. He bulldozes and takes advantage of giving people until they’ve served his purpose, and then, like a packet of ketchup or […]

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Strange Days (R)

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“Strange Days” is a strange film on all fronts, taking liberty with its plot of 90s-era science fiction and cast for an intriguing and somewhat prophetic concept that succeeds in putting the viewer in a dark and grisly dystopia version of LA that keeps you on edge from start to finish.

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The Zookeeper’s Wife (PG-13)

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The WWII era makes for some fascinating films. I sometimes like them more when they have different perspectives or depict main conflicts other than with the German Reich. “The Zookeeper’s Wife“ is the former, offering a woman’s perspective on the war from a heroic woman, which makes this unique. It tells a behind-the-action tale set during […]

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Road to Perdition (R)

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“Road to Perdition” is reminiscent of a Greek tragedy in that all of its sinners are eventually met with their insufferable fate. Shakespearian tragedies like “Macbeth,” or “Romeo and Juliet” are separated from the Greeks’ because, though the audience knows which characters will live and which will die, there’s excitement in our confusion of how the […]

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Casino (R)

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Like Martin Scorsese’s renowned “Goodfellas,” his 1995 effort “Casino” would again concern mobsters, the reach of their empire, and would reunite Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. De Niro, who played a thieving hitman in “Goodfellas” would play a different role here, filling the shoes of a quasi legitimate casino president who prefers to look […]

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Gangs of New York (R)

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Director Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York” is a purposeful and definitive look at gang life in New York City during the epoch of the Civil War. It’s not a look at the types of gangs that commit lawlessness during an otherwise peaceful society, but a look at gangs that exist amidst a lawless society. […]

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Swiss Army Man (R)

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I wonder what has to go through a writer’s mind to come up with “Swiss Army Man:” there would have to be some chasm of depression and isolation, but also a heavy-duty sense of humor and creativity.  I can say I have never seen anything like it, and can be almost certain I never will […]

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