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Drama

The Hero

The material is familiar, but be ready for tears along the way.

Gifted

A return to the fold for (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb.

Live Cargo

Set on a remote island in the Bahamas, Live Cargo is shot completely in black-and-white and lets the lens do most of the talking.

Chapter & Verse

A clear-eyed, unsentimental yet hopeful story of redemption in today’s America.

Frank & Lola

Their relationship may be rotten, but the revenge it inspires is so very sweet.

Imperium

It might take the discrepancy of a former boy wizard shaving his head to pique your interest, but you should have a lot to mull over when the credits roll.

I Smile Back

It would be a gross understatement to say that I Smile Back is a bit of a downer. The film covers depression, drug use, and childhood trauma, among other things. The story itself is fairly straightforward, but it’s the main performance that makes the experience worthwhile: Sarah Silverman commits completely to an extremely challenging character. […]

Spotlight

Just the facts, ma’am. That catchphrase from the old Dragnet TV series well describes director Tom McCarthy’s efficient, workmanlike approach to his beat-by-beat unmasking of a scandal. In 2002, the Boston Globe published an exhaustively researched exposé of how the city’s Roman Catholic diocese shielded hundreds of sexual abusers among its ranks for decades. This […]

99 Homes

This masterful balancing act of docudrama and morality tragedy is set in 2010, but we aren’t given that date until more than halfway through. It doesn’t matter, as the events of the film—taking place in Orlando, Florida—could be taking place right now. This goes to show how in the moment and forceful Ramin Bahrani’s fifth […]