Category: drama

Stowaway [2021] ★★

This slow, often intriguing space drama from writer/director Joe Penna could have and should have been more tense. After a terribly dull opening sequence, “Stowaway” tries to convince you that you’re in for something special. No luck. Toni Collette leads a solid cast that features Anna Kendrick and […]

Minari [2020] ★★★½

This Oscar-nominated family saga is beautifully made, and features genuine performances by Steven Yeun and Yeri Han. The plot is simple enough: a Korean family relocates to a farm in 1980’s Arkansas. The wife is sceptical, but her husband is convinced that this could be the start of […]

The Father [2020] ★★★½

Led by a phenomenal performance by Anthony Hopkins, “The Father” is a worthy Oscar contender and one of the finest films of the 2020. I cannot remember the last time a movie held me spellbound from start to finish, but then again, not many movies feature great performances […]

Madame Claude [2021] ★½

From the trailer and poster, you’d think this fact-based story about Madame Claude, the woman who created a business empire dedicated to prostitution in 1960’s Paris would be at least intriguing to check out. Alas, the final result is an incoherent mess that doesn’t have any of the […]

Malcom & Marie [2021] ★★½

“Malcom & Marie” is all about good performances, and both Zendaya and John David Washington deliver. But I wish I could say the same about the movie itself. It’s certainly  well-shot and features a pair of powerhouse performances. But halfway through, I found myself drifting away from it, […]

The Dig [2021] ★★½

Sometimes, a movie is easy to watch because of its star power. Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan are both a treat to watch in Netflix’s latest period piece “The Dig”, and they’re reason enough to stream it. Of the story, I can only say that it was quite […]

Nomadland [2020] ★★★

We didn’t need more proof of her talent, but Francis McDormand delivers yet another fierce performance in “Nomadland”, playing a working class woman who embarks on a journey across America in the wake of the great recession of 2008. Like a true nomad, she lives in a van, […]