Category Archive: drama

Jan 10

Meet the real Abraham Lincoln, warts and all

Daniel Day-Lewis gives another Oscar-worthy performance as the title character in "Lincoln"

Steven Spielberg’s biopic “Lincoln” takes an honest look at Honest Abe Steven Spielberg is the master manipulator of the movies. Capable of plucking our heartstrings like a harpist, he preys on our emotions with larger-than-life heroes, sweeping cinematography and soaring soundtracks. When he wants us to gasp, we gasp. When he wants us to weep, …

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Jan 09

"Les Miserables": Do you hear the people sing?

Anne Hathaway performs "I Dreamed a Dream" in the new movie musical "Les Misérables."

New movie adaptation of “Les Misérables” is simply spectacular Anne Hathaway’s eyes are pools of misery. Her anguished gaze seems to take in everything: the dark, dingy room, her tattered clothes, her pinched cheeks and cruelly cropped hair. Then her mouth opens, and a torrent of anguish comes pouring out — as pure an express …

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Dec 13

All the world’s a stage in "Anna Karenina"

An aristocrat (Keira Knightley) and a cavalry officer (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) begin a passionate love affair in "Anna Karenina."

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts …” – “As You Like It,” William Shakespeare Keira Knightley stars in a sumptuous adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel “Anna Karenina” is a tragedy of …

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Nov 16

Abraham Lincoln: A life in pictures

"Lincoln" star Daniel Day-Lewis is the latest actor to play American president Abraham Lincoln on screen.

Honest Abe has proven a popular subject for filmmakers over the years Was Abraham Lincoln our most cinematic president? From his hardscrabble childhood on the frontier to his dramatic death due to an assassin’s bullet, Lincoln lived a life fraught with hardship, triumph and tragedy. He shepherded the nation through its greatest crisis — the …

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Nov 14

Bond is back — and better than ever — in "Skyfall"

British secret agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) returns to his roots in "Skyfall."

Everyone’s favorite spy, Agent 007, returns in a thrilling new adventure After half a century on the silver screen, James Bond still has a few surprises up his immaculately tailored sleeves. The British secret agent is back — and, some might argue, better than ever — in “Skyfall,” a smart, sexy thriller that pays tribute …

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Nov 12

The Best of Bond, from "Goldfinger" to "Casino Royale"

Daniel Craig made his debut as British secret agent James Bond in 2006's "Casino Royale."

With “Skyfall” out in theaters, it’s time to rank our top 10 Bond films Here’s a quick pop quiz. 1. What does British secret agent James Bond drink? 2. What weapon does he prefer? 3. What is his favorite form of transportation? If you answered the above questions correctly (the answers are at the bottom …

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Oct 18

Truth is stranger than fiction in Ben Affleck’s "Argo"

Ben Affleck stars as CIA agent Tony Mendez in the historical thriller "Argo," based on a true story.

“Argo” gets its white-knuckle thrills from real-life events Whoever coined the expression “Truth is stranger than fiction” may have had “Argo” in mind. Director Ben Affleck’s latest film focuses on the joint efforts of the Canadian and United States governments to smuggle six American diplomats out of the country during the height of the Iran …

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Oct 17

"Seven Psychopaths" lives up to its name

Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell make trouble in the new crime comedy "Seven Psychopaths."

“Seven Psychopaths” serves up a veritable smorgasbord of crazed killers Note: Today’s guest reviewer is artist, photographer and filmmaker Chris Daly, who recently directed a music video for local country band Red Eye Junction. Check out his portfolio here. In Martin McDonagh’s first film, “In Bruges,” we got a taste of nasty, foul-mouthed, suicidal murderers. …

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Oct 10

Tune in tonight for TV drama

Stephen Amell stars as the title crimefighter in "Arrow," premiering tonight on The CW. .

“Arrow,” “Nashville” are among new dramas premiering tonight This is a big week for televised drama. Tonight, television viewers can choose from a comic-book drama (“Arrow”), a predictable procedural about hunky firefighters (“Chicago Fire”) and a bold, ambitious soap set in the world of country music (“Nashville”). Tomorrow, it’s the premiere of “Beauty and the …

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Sep 25

Comedy, drama, supernatural scares: Fall TV has it all

Fall television season heats up with “Ben and Kate,” “The Mindy Project” If Sunday’s Emmy Awards proved anything, it’s that the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences favors the familiar. Aside from a few fresh offerings, including “Homeland” and “Louie,” the list of winners was replete with past winners, such as “The Amazing Race” and …

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