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Shall We Dance?: Ballroom Scenes and the use of Romantic Slow-Motion in Almost Every Period Drama, Ever

I have, in my time, been known to indulge in a Period Drama (or hundred) – I just can’t resist that lovely mix of almost fairy tale romanticism, optimism and relatively few real-world Issues. 1,035 more words

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

A melodrama through and through, The Light Between Oceans is at its core a pretty-looking movie about pretty-looking people being sad. The premise almost seems like a parody of prestige indie filmmaking in the 1990s. 306 more words


Ben-Hur (2016)

How can one review the 2016 version of Ben-Hur without bringing up its multitude of predecessors, chiefly the 1959 Best Picture winner with one of the greatest sequences in all of cinematic history? 1,458 more words


Free State of Jones (2016)

Well meaning and somberly recreated, Free State of Jones is a historical drama that wants to illuminate the story of Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey) who deserted from the Confederate army and seceded from the very people who seceded from the United States. 381 more words


Effie Gray - Review

Effie Gray – 2014

Director – Richard Laxton

Written by- Emma Thompson


Dakota Fanning as Effie Gray

Greg Wise as John Ruskin

Tom Sturridge as John Everett Millais… 507 more words


Hail, Caesar! (2016)

The biggest enemy of the celebrated Coen brothers always seems to be expectations. I count only two misfires during their storied filmmaking careers, but sometimes their larks are pilloried for not quite measuring up to their masterpieces. 321 more words


The Nice Guys (2016)

Ever since I heard about its production, and especially after watching the first trailer, I have been intensely anticipating The Nice Guys, mostly because of my fervent and undying love for 2005’s… 312 more words