Category: drama

REVIEW: Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017)

With her husband dead and prepared for burial in her front room, Marlina (Marsha Timothy) finds her home invaded by a group of strange men. As she has not yet paid for the last funeral she required, they have come to steal her livestock and to rape her. It is a stark and troubling opening, but it ...

REVIEW: Lady Bird (2017)

Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson is a senior high schooler living in Sacramento, California. She longs to live in a cultural hot spot like New York instead, but her average grades and family's financial situation makes studying college on the East Coast extremely unlikely. Over her final year of high school she experiences love and sex, ...

REVIEW: Menashe (2017)

Menashe (Menashe Lustig) lives in the Hasidic community of Borough Park, New York. His wife Lea passed away almost a year ago, separating Menashe from his son Rieven (Ruben Niborski) due to cultural tradition; the boy must be raised in a home with a mother and father. In the week leading up to his wife's memorial ...

REVIEW: Rouge (1987)

In 1930s Hong Kong the courtesan Fleur (Anita Mui) enters into a passionate romance with the pharmacist Chen-pang (Leslie Cheung), one that ends in tragedy when Chen-pang's wealthy family refuse to allow their relationship to continue. In 1987 Fleur appears in the office of a Hong Kong newspaper, searching for the lover that abandoned her ...

REVIEW: The Post (2017)

A military analyst, disgusted by a government cover-up of the Vietnam War, deliberately leaks classified reports to the New York Times. Beaten to the story, Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) is forced to wait and watch - until an unexpected opportunity falls into his hands. Meanwhile his boss, company owner Katharine Graham (Meryl ...

REVIEW: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

A young woman named Angela has been raped and murdered. After failing to hear from the local police department for seven months, grieving Missouri mother Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) hires a trio of billboards on a country road to shame the local sheriff Bill Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) into action. The billboards light up a storm ...

REVIEW: Her Sketchbook (2017)

Mami (Mugi Kadowaki) is a 'hikikomori', a withdrawn shut-in who struggles to relate to the outside world and spends most of her time holed up in her bedroom reading manga and refusing to engage with other people. Her supportive but frustrated father finds her a day job testing videogames. Once she is there, a production ...

REVIEW: Young Thugs: Nostalgia (1998)

Riichi (Yuki Nagata) is a boy growing up in 1969 Japan. His father (Naoto Takenaka) is low-level yakuza with a penchant for adultery and violence. His mother (Setsuko Karasuma) regularly leaves their house in disgust, only to randomly returns days - if not weeks - later. In the lead-up to Apollo 11 moon landings, Riichi ...

REVIEW: Dear Mr Gacy (2010)

College student Jason Moss (Jesse Moss) is fascinated by serial killers, and for his term paper decides to attempt striking up a correspondence with convicted murderer John Wayne Gacy (William Forsythe). By posing as an ideal victim for Gacy, Jason hopes to elicit some insight into the mind of a killer - but the longer ...

REVIEW: Stonehead (2017)

Stonehead (Zhu Hongbo) is a third-grader living with his grandmother in rural China. His parents, like most in the village, have left for the city to earn money, leaving Stonehead behind. A model student, he wins a merit certificate and a free football, however the following day his teacher insists the football is a gift ...