Category: drama

REVIEW: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

1946. Writer Juliet Ashton (Lily James) receives a letter from Dawsey Adams (Michiel Huisman), a pig farmer on the island of Guernsey - which was occupied by the Germans during the war. Their exchange begins with a request for a book, and ends with Juliet travelling to Guernsey to meet Dawsey's local book club: the ...

REVIEW: The Milkwoman (2005)

Early each morning 50 year-old Minako (Yuko Tanaka) climbs the hundreds of steps in a hill-side Nagasaki suburb to deliver bottles of milk to the local residents. She lives alone. She has no children. She has never married. She had one love in high school, Keita (Ittoku Kishibe), but he now works in the city ...

REVIEW: Bridge of Spies (2015)

New York, 1957. Rudolph Abel (Mark Rylance) is arrested and charged with being a Soviet agent. To ensure he receives a fair trial, career attorney James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is persuaded to represent Abel in court. When an American reconnaissance pilot is later shot down over Soviet territory, Donovan is tasked with travelling to ...

REVIEW: Number One (2017)

Emmanuelle Blachey (Emmanuelle Devos) sits on the board of directors of a major French energy corporation. She is approached by an influential feminist lobby group, who ask her to campaign to become the CEO of France's largest water company. It would make her the first female CEO of a top 40 French corporation, but a ...

REVIEW: Amadeus (1984)

The composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) confesses to murdering Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce) and, in penance, attempts to cut his own throat. Confined to a mental asylum, he recounts the story of his rivalry with Mozart to a visiting priest (Richard Frank). Peter Shaffer's 1979 play Amadeus fictionalised both the life of Mozart and his ...

“One step at a time. One punch at a time. One round at a time.” | Creed (2015)

Halfway through the 2015 drama Creed there is a scene of a boxing match. The two boxers tap gloves, the bell rings, and they begin to warily circle one another. They start to get in some hits, back and forth. Blood is drawn. Tempers rise. The bell rings, and the boxers go back to their ...

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 ...