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Of all the films that John Hillcoat's gangster melodrama resembles, Roger Corman's pulp classic Bloody Mama might be the most instructive.
John Hillcoat's gangster melodrama
| August 31, 2012
Review: The Well-Digger’s Daughter
Daniel Auteuil ( Manon of the Spring ) directs and stars in this melodrama set in Provence during World War I.
Based on the novel by Marcel Pagnol
| July 27, 2012
Adapted from a 13th-century stage play, this historical melodrama seems torn between trying to be a theatrical fable and a flashy action film.
| July 27, 2012
Lucky for André Téchiné that he's so slick with exposition.
Voyeurism and narcissism
| July 20, 2012
Review: People Like Us
I, for one, would not want to be a person like the characters in Alex Kurtzman's creepy family melodrama.
Alex Kurtzman's creepy family melodrama
| June 29, 2012
Andrei Zvyagintsev's film, a Special Jury Prize winner at Cannes 2011, becomes more than a domestic melodrama: a grim, effective allegory of the daily whirl in Putinland.
| June 01, 2012
Review: Tyler Perry's Good Deeds
Tyler Perry is no Douglas Sirk. In his latest melodrama, his uptight exec, San Francisco software company CEO Wesley Deeds, is no Madea, either. Hell, Deeds doesn't even know who he is himself.
Perry's latest melodrama
| March 02, 2012
Review: Last Night
In recent films like Blue Valentine and Monogamy, indie directors have moved on from quirky adolescents coming of age to disillusioned thirtysomethings in fragmenting relationships.
| May 13, 2011
Review: Gorey at the Athenæum, animation at MassArt
In Edward Gorey's old-timey illustrated books, parents leave on an excursion and never return, friends enter a tunnel and never come out, a mother falls ill and dies, a man driving around searching for his lost daughter runs over her with his car, a pec
| February 18, 2011
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