Tag Archives: Drama

Hannibal: Season One

Review by CJ

Director:
David Slade, Michael Rymer, Peter Medak, Guillermo Navarro, Tim Hunter, James Foley, John Dahl

Writer:
Thomas Harris (characters from the book ‘Red Dragon’), Bryan Fuller, Jim Danger Gray, David Fury, Chris Brancato, Jennifer Schuur, Scott Nimerfro, Kai Wu, Jesse Alexander, Jennifer Schuur, Steve Lightfoot, Andrew Black

Starring:
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, Caroline Dhavernas

Other notable appearances:
Hettienne Park, Scott Thompson, Aaron Abrams, Eddie Izzard, Gillian Anderson, Molly Shannon, Anna Chlumsky, Gina Torres, Dan Fogler, Ellen Muth, Lance Henriksen, Kacey Rohl, Vladimir Jon Cubrt, Lara Jean Chorostecki

Running time:
41-44 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:
13

 

When Will Graham (Dancy) is asked to use his empathy disorder to help the FBI catch serial killers, he is appointed a psychiatrist to ensure he doesn’t fall into the abyss. Unfortunately for Will, his psychiatrist is Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mikkelsen) who may be working on the wrong end of the abyss.

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The Handmaid’s Tale: Season One

Review by CJ

Director:
Reed Morano, Mike Barker, Floria Sigismondi, Kate Dennis, Kari Skogland

Writer:
Margaret Atwood (based on the novel by), Bruce Miller, Leila Gerstein, Dorothy Fortenberry, Wendy Straker Hauser, Lynn Renee Maxcy, Kira Snyder, Eric Tuchman

Starring:
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, O-T Fagbenle, Max Minghella

Other notable appearances:
Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, Amanda Brugel, Nina Kiri, Ever Carradine, Robert Curtis Brown

Running time:
45-60 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:
10

Trigger warning:
Sexual assault, rape and suicide

 

In a world where the human race has all but lost the ability to procreate, a totalitarian, Christian theonomic regime takes over the United States and holds the remaining fertile women hostage. The fertile women, or Handmaids, are forced to live with high ranking officials in the new regime and undergo ‘ceremonies’ to be impregnated by their masters.

The story is told from the perspective of Offred (Moss), a Handmaid who lives with Commander Waterford (Fiennes) and his wife (Strahovski).

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Texas Killing Fields (2011)

Review by CJ

Director:
Ami Canaan Mann

Starring:
Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jason Clarke

Running time:
105 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Zodiac, a low budget and low quality Se7en

 

A local detective (Worthington) and his New York native partner (Morgan) work against the clock to find a serial killer in their small Texan town.

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Ozark: Season One

Review by CJ

Director:
Jason Bateman, Daniel Sackheim, Andrew Bernstein, Ellen Kuras

Writer:
Bill Dubuque, Mark Williams, Paul Kolsby, Ryan Farley, Martin Zimmerman, Whit Anderson, Alyson Feltes, Chris Mundy

Starring:
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, Julia Garner, Jason Butler Harner, Esai Morales, Peter Mullan, Lisa Emery, Charlie Tahan, Marc Menchaca, Harris Yulin

Other notable appearances:
Josh Randall, Jordana Spiro, McKinley Belcher III, Christopher James Baker, Carson Holmes, Kevin L. Johnson, Evan George Vourazeris, Adam Boyer, Michael Mosley, Bethany Anne Lind

Running time:
52-80 minutes

Number of episodes:
10

 

Money launderer and financial advisor Marty Byrde (Bateman) finds himself in hot water when his Mexican drug cartel boss finds out Marty’s partner has been stealing from them. Thinking fast to save his family, Marty promises that he will move his family from Chicago to the Ozarks in order to launder more money for the cartel.

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Django Unchained (2012)

Review by CJ

Director:
Quentin Tarantino

Starring:
Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

Other notable appearances:
Dennis Christopher, Don Johnson, Bruce Dern, Russ Tamblyn, Amber Tamblyn, Jonah Hill, Zoë Bell, Tom Savini, John Jarratt, Quentin Tarantino

Running time:
165 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds

 

Freed slave Django Freeman (Foxx) engages the help of bounty hunter Dr King Schultz (Waltz) to help him find and free his beloved Broomhilda (Washington) from the tyrannical Calvin Candie (DiCaprio).

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The Hateful Eight (2015)

Review by CJ

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Director:
Quentin Tarantino

Starring:
Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Demián Bichir, Walton Goggins, James Parks

Other notable appearances:
Channing Tatum, Dana Gourrier, Gene Jones, Zoë Bell

Running time:
187 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Inglorious Basterds, Pulp Fiction, The Thing

 

Bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) has captured wanted criminal Daisy Domergue (Leigh) who is worth $10,000. Ruth stops at Minnie’s Haberdashery to see out a blizzard before taking Daisy on to Red Rock where she will be hanged. When they arrive, they find Minnie’s already has guests and it is up to Ruth to decide who is friend and who is foe.

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Passengers (2008)

Review by CJ

Passengers

Director:
Rodrigo Garcia

Starring:
Anne Hathaway, Patrick Wilson, Andre Braugher, Dianne Wiest, David Morse, Clea DuVall

Other notable appearances:
William B. Davis

Running time:
93 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
M. Night Shyamalan films

 

When therapist Claire (Hathaway) starts group therapy sessions for several survivors of the same plane crash, she starts to notice her patients have differing stories, are being followed, or are disappearing. Is it a cover-up by the airline or is it something far worse?

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