Category Archives: Movies – Drama

Linklater takes us on a remarkable journey through a boy’s childhood in “Boyhood”

We’ve seen coming-of-age films many times before. Out of all likelihood, the movie would feature a child actor portray the character at a young age, and a different actor would take over the role when the character ages in the … Continue reading

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A young man tries to get his life back on track in the unforgettable drama “Fruitvale Station”

In writer/director Ryan Coogler’s true-story drama Fruitvale Station, star-on-the-rise Michael B. Jordan gives an outstanding performance as a young man who yearns to find redemption and lead a better life for his future. Fruitvale tells the tragic story of Oscar … Continue reading

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The McConaughey ‘career renaissance’ continues in the excellent Southern drama “Mud”

Matthew McConaughey. A few years ago, that name was synonymous for romantic-comedy “fluff” films such as The Wedding Planner and Failure to Launch. He was pretty much perceived as a “pretty boy” whose prerequisite for a film was to have … Continue reading

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A boy breaks out of his shell and comes of age in the good-hearted dramedy “The Way, Way Back”

  In The Way, Way Back, the writer/director team of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (the outlandish dean of TV’s “Community”) deliver a charming coming-of-age story centered on a teenage boy named Duncan (Liam James). Duncan goes away for the … Continue reading

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The cold, inhuman nature of the Internet is exposed in the riveting drama “Disconnect”

In director Henry Alex Rubin’s involving ensemble drama Disconnect, we follow the lives of several people in three distinct story threads—all with the commonality of how the Internet affects the real human connection and compassion that people can have toward one another. … Continue reading

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OSCAR SPOTLIGHT: Best Actress nominee Naomi Watts fights to survive in the harrowing true story “The Impossible”

Naomi Watts is an actress that will never disappoint. From her acclaimed Oscar-nominated turn in 21 Grams, to recent films such as Fair Game, Mother and Child, Eastern Promises and The International, Watts is one of the best actresses out … Continue reading

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Ang Lee directs the genuinely moving and visually wondrous “Life of Pi”

In director Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, a man named Pi (played as an adult by Irrfan Khan and as a teen by Suraj Sharma) tells the story of how as a teenager he spent 227 days adrift at sea … Continue reading

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