Tag Archives: Drama

The Midwife (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): A midwife and her father’s mistress

While it is basically a conventional drama, French film “The Midwife” is an enjoyable experience for several good reasons. Yes, its story is predictable at times, but its two contrasting main characters are vivid and engaging enough to hold our … Continue reading

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Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) ☆☆(2/4): An insipid turkey by Gilroy and Washington

From time to time during Oscar season, we come across films quite disappointing despite talented people behind them, and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” is one of such dismal examples. Although looking promising to some degrees at first, the movie eventually … Continue reading

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): When she goes further

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, the third feature film from director/writer Martin McDonagh, surprised me in many aspects. Although many of elements in the film often feel disparate or disjointed, the movie somehow works better than expected thanks to its … Continue reading

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Certain Women (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A trio of haunting human dramas set in Montana

Looking over a train passing by a vast, remote landscape, the main title sequence of “Certain Women” hauntingly sets the tone for three stories to be unfolded one by one in a rural area of Montana. While not all of … Continue reading

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Song for Marion (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A familiar song sung well

You know the song because you have listened to it before. You know how it will be performed because you have encountered it many times before. You know which instrument will be used for playing its certain notes, and you … Continue reading

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Margin Call (2011) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A group of people facing a big financial disaster

“Margin Call” can be categorized as disaster movie. The people in the film have overlooked the risk which has existed from the very beginning, and now they face a grim disaster on the horizon which is soon going to engulf … Continue reading

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Trouble with the Curve (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : It throws its ball straight

 Sometimes actors can find a way to make the story work even when it looks not so special, and I enjoy watching how they make their materials into something watchable instead of something passable. “Trouble with the Curve” is a … Continue reading

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