Articles tagged drama

Bittersweet and Uplifting: ‘Show Me a Hero’ Offers No Easy Solutions

In its conclusion, HBO's Show Me a Hero delivers the catharsis of a social victory despite firm political barriers.

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The Awful Beauty of ‘The Tribe’

In a bleak tale of violence and revenge, The Tribe astonishes with style even more than it shocks with content.

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Postmortem: Did ‘True Detective’ Do Justice to Latino California?

In its shift to the different psychosphere of California, the show’s second season perpetuated Latino stereotypes instead of giving us a deeper and truer examination of the Golden State

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Who Are We Supposed to Feel Sorry for in ‘Good Kill’?

Good Kill has a lot to say, and the conviction to say it loudly, but gets lost in a series of predictable plot points.

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“This Is My Design”: How Hannibal Turned Into a Modern Television Classic

"Hannibal's not God. He wouldn't have any fun being God. Defying God, that's his idea of a good time." With Hannibal taking its final bow, a bloody good time was had by all.

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‘Z for Zachariah’ Is the Anti-‘Mad Max’

A post-apocalyptic pastoral turns primal radioactive love triangle in this throwback drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, and Chris Pine.

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The Evolution of Racism: Coded Bigotry and Aggression in ‘Show Me a Hero’

With overt acts of racial violence are now less socially acceptable, writers David Simon and William F. Zorzi expose the coded racist rhetoric in the middle third of Show Me a Hero.

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The Struggling Economies of ‘Two Days, One Night’

With a clear respect for the struggle of its characters, Two Days, One Night crafts a story that reveals the strife inherent in the economic system.

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‘Eyes Without a Face’ Is Full of Fairy Tale Aesthetics

In Eyes Without a Face, French director Georges Franju lifts a fairly standard horror film narrative into the realms of poetic fable.

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A Different (and Better) Shade of Grey: Reconsidering ‘9 1/2 Weeks’

Given the mainstream’s preoccupation with kink, it may be time to give 9 ½ Weeks the credit it deserves as a pioneering meditation on desire and power.

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Both Obvious and Evasive, Carol Morley’s ‘The Falling’ Fails to Do Justice to Intriguing Theme

There’s a genuinely provocative, disturbing film trying to get out of The Falling.

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Mr. Robot: Episode 9 - “m1rror1ng.qt”

Despite some Fight Club similarities, 'm1rror1ng.qt' proves that Mr. Robot stands on its own as a compelling, brilliant series.

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Yellow Fever and Yum-Yum Girls

Multiple versions of the classic story The World of Suzie Wong offer different takes on a social phenomenon, but can any of them escape the biases of their authors?

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‘Person of Interest - Season 4’ Continues to Offer Smart, Binge-worthy TV

This show's war of heroes, villains, and recurring characters of unknown loyalty interact and battle against each other in a way that demands the viewer's complete attention.

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Corrupted Ideals, Seedy Underbellies: There’s No Place for Heroes in ‘Show Me a Hero’

Writer David Simon and director Paul Haggis explore the seedy innerworkings of institutional politics in a powerful new miniseries.

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Al Pacino Is the Showstopper in ‘Danny Collins’

Al Pacino steals the show as Danny Collins in a feel-good redemption story that also happens to be his best role in many years.

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‘Hackers’ Proved to Be Ahead of Its Time

Initially received with mixed reviews, Hackers has become something of a cult classic whose plot eerily makes more sense today than when it did when it was released.

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‘Child 44’ Is Worth 44 Seconds of Your Time, Probably Less

This universally panned "thriller" is about as thrilling as a conversation with a parking meter.

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Tarzan Meets Jane in the Urban Concrete Jungle of ‘Wild Thing’

From the wide range of ‘80s cheese to choose from, Wild Thing offers very little of the tang that makes the slightly better ‘80s schlock a little more fun to watch.

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Could Have Come Straight Outta Today’s Headlines

As a biopic, as a social commentary, as a reminder of our current cultural limits and liabilities, you couldn't ask for a better film.

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Country Fried Rock: Drivin' N' Cryin' to Be Inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

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""If Drivin' N' Cryin' sounded as good in the '80s as we do now, we could have been as big as Cinderella." -- Kevn Kinney

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