Browsing: Drama

Reviews the promise
6.5
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The “promise” in The Promise, an unengaging, dull Doctor Zhivago meets Titanic retread starring Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, and Charlotte Le Bon as the three sides of an uninteresting romantic triangle set against the Armenian genocide perpetuated by the collapsing Ottoman Empire during the First World War, isn’t a promise…

NP Approved a quiet passion
9.0
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Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion, a bright and engaging portrait of Emily Dickinson, is more family drama than biopic. Steadfastly anti-romantic, the film exaggerates the conventions of the standard biopic, dishing out expository lines of dialogue without any attempt to make them sound conversational. It’s not just that the…

Reviews Cezanne et moi
8.0
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It’s 1888, and post-impressionist master Paul Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) is furious with his old friend Émile Zola (Guillaume Canet) for what he has written in his novel L’œuvre (The Masterpiece). A fictitious account of Zola’s and Cézanne’s friendship, the character that Cézanne is so upset about is in…

Reviews gifted
6.5
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We might not have hit peak superhero yet – and at this rate, it probably won’t happen for another half-decade – but that doesn’t mean we can’t venture into multiplexes this weekend for another kind of heroism, the kind minus “super” in the description, but the kind of heroism that still features a familiar…

Reviews bokeh
5.1
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The concept behind Bokeh is interesting enough. A young couple sets out to see the world and heads to Iceland to take in its beauty. Something happens (Northern Lights go bonkers?) and…

NP Approved t2 trainspotting
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It’s hard to imagine anyone outside of Danny Boyle, Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, or Robert Carlyle who wanted, let alone demanded, a sequel to the 1996 adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s blackly comic, transgressive, subversive satire, Trainspotting, but here we are 21 years later with T2 Trainspotting, a near…

Reviews i olga hepnarova
6.8
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In 1975, after a shocking crime and trial that captured the attention of the entire country, 23-year-old Olga Hepnarova became the last woman to be executed in Czechoslovakia. I, Olga Hepnarová opens about a dozen years earlier, when Olga (Michalina Olszanska) was a troubled young teen still living at home, with an abusive…

Reviews Song to Song
7.0
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There might be something to that quitting while you’re ahead thing. An auteur’s auteur, Terence Malick crafted an indelible, unimpeachable reputation as a visionary filmmaker with just two films, Badlands (1972) and Days of Heaven (1978), both made in the 1970s. For the better part of two decades, rumors swirled around new projects…

SXSW 2017 DRIB
6.2
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When DRIB first gets going, it is a fairly standard documentary. There is the talking head interview, a knowing narration, and a smattering of news clips. It fits its mold well, offering little in the way of surprises and that seems to be director…

NP Approved Personal Shopper
9.0
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Like any good French filmmaker, writer-director Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours, Demonlover, Irma Vep) has crafted both an offscreen persona as a hyper-intellectual filmmaker and openly courted, if not controversy, then audience disengagement and alienation. Under one interpretation, a true auteur and mainstream filmmaking…

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