Drama films

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The 50 best films of 2021 in the US, No 10: The Lost Daughter
Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut turns the Elena Ferrante novel into a tense psychodrama with a standout performance from Olivia Colman

Xan Brooks

06, Dec, 2021 @10:18 AM

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Not Knowing review – homophobic bullies wreck Turkish water polo kid’s life
Rumours about a young athlete’s sexuality have devastating consequences in an public-service lesson that lacks dramatic acuity

Phuong Le

06, Dec, 2021 @10:00 AM

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The 50 best films of 2021 in the UK: 50-10
The Top 10 begins with madness in monochrome from a Shakespearean Frances McDormand – joining Daniel Craig’s last stand and a rage-filled re-creation with Red Army soldiers

Andrew Pulver

06, Dec, 2021 @6:01 AM

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The 50 best films of 2021 in the UK, No 10: The Tragedy of Macbeth
Joel Coen’s icy, black-and-white world of violence and pain is a triumph, with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand at their peak

Peter Bradshaw

06, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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There Is No Evil review – devastating everyday tales of life under Iran’s brutal regime
Mohammad Rasoulof’s Golden Bear winner examines the brutal impact of the death penalty and suppressed freedom on ordinary Iranians

Wendy Ide

05, Dec, 2021 @12:30 PM

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Blue Bayou review – overcooked but wrenching US deportation drama
Writer-director Justin Chon plays a Korean American Louisiana man faced with deportation just as his wife is about to give birth

Wendy Ide

05, Dec, 2021 @12:00 PM

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The Hand of God review – Paolo Sorrentino relives his teens in a film of two halves
After a scattershot opening, Sorrentino’s drama about growing up in 1980s Naples blossoms into a drama of real depth

Wendy Ide

05, Dec, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Encounter review – Riz Ahmed shines in sophisticated alien-invasion thriller
Family road movie and sci-fi conspiracy merge in this subtle psychological drama from Beast director Michael Pearce

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

05, Dec, 2021 @8:00 AM

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C’mon C’mon review – Joaquin Phoenix and young co-star are extraordinary in road-trip drama
An uncle and nephew bond in Mike Mills’s brilliantly acted drama that quietly draws you in

Wendy Ide

04, Dec, 2021 @3:00 PM

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The 50 best films of 2021 in the US: 50-10
Olivia Colman’s prickly professor ushers in this year’s Top 10 movie masterworks, as we count down one film per day

03, Dec, 2021 @11:57 AM

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‘A cold-souled Brokeback’: queerness and desire in The Power of the Dog
Jane Campion’s Oscar-tipped Netflix period drama pits two opposed men against each other with thrilling, and surprising, results

Guy Lodge

02, Dec, 2021 @7:28 AM

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The Hand of God review – Paolo Sorrentino tells his own Maradona story
The Italian film-maker may owe his life to the footballer, as this vivid, autobiographical Neapolitan drama reveals

Peter Bradshaw

01, Dec, 2021 @4:00 PM

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