Category Archives: Drama

In a Better World (2010, 119 minutes, Rated R) 4 out of 5 stars

Highly recommended meditation on violence from Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier. Won the 2011 Best Foreign Film Oscar. The movie unfolds in both Denmark and an unnamed African country, where in each we see the effects and limitations of both violence … Continue reading

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Incendies (2010, 130 minutes, Rated R, subtitled) 5 stars out of 5

Highly, highly recommended. Disturbing, timely, and extremely well done. One of the best movies I have seen in a while and one that won’t soon be forgotten. The movie opens in Quebec, with the viewer introduced to twin brother and … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Double (2011, 109 minutes, Rated R) 2.5 out of 5 stars

Over-the-top presentation of a pretty interesting topic that ultimately falls way off the tracks in the final act. Latif (Dominic Cooper) is a soldier in the Iraqi Army. Having just served his country well in the war against Iran, he’s … Continue reading

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Beginners (2010, 105 minutes, Rated R) 3.5 out of 5 stars

Pretty well done comedy/drama that isn’t breaking any new ground but is well presented, elevating it a bit above the average entry in the genre. The word is overused with these types of movie, but it’s definitely in the “quirky” … Continue reading

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Terri (2011, 105 minutes, Rated R) 3.5 out of 5 stars

Fairly enjoyable if not a must-see. Jacob Wysocki plays the titular Terri, an obese, awkward but kindhearted 15-year old trying to navigate the difficulties of both high school and a non-traditional family life. He struggles with each, leading the principal … Continue reading

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Fish Tank (2009, 122 minutes, Rated R) 4 out of 5 stars

Gritty and drab slow-burner, but also a very good one from writer/director Andrea Arnold. Mia (Katie Jarvis) is 15 years old, and lives in an East London housing project. She has a shit bag of a mom (Kierston Wareing), and … Continue reading

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The Krays (1990, 119 minutes, Rated R) 2.5 out of 5 stars

Disapointing British gangster movie from the early nineties. This movie was fairly well-regarded when it came out, but it hasn’t aged well and didn’t do it for me at all. The movie is based on the true story of twin … Continue reading

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