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Great Stories, Well Told

The Best New Dramas

The Best New Dramas Coming to Theatres

(10/25/2019)

No matter what genres are popular, drama is always the foundation upon which all great films are built. (Well, OK, perhaps documentaries play by different rules, but even then, the core ideas of drama are important, too.) A good drama has all the things we love to see at the movies: Talented actors performing a resonant story under the guiding hand of a skilled filmmaker. There are many new dramas in theatres now and set to open soon; here are just a few of the ones we can't wait to see.

Harriet

Harriet

[Image Credit: Focus Features]


HARRIET recounts the life of Harriet Tubman, who was born Araminta Ross and lived much of her life as a slave. She eventually escaped to the north, took a new name to represent her freedom, and became an abolitionist leader who shepherded other slaves to freedom. Tubman is played by Cynthia Erivo, whose powerful performances were highlights of WIDOWS and BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE. Here, she has the chance to play a character who fully transforms over the course of the story, and her star power is impossible to look away from. [November 1]

Motherless Brooklyn

Motherless Brooklyn

[Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]


In 1950s New York, the oddly-named Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton) is thrown deep into a mystery when his mentor (played by Bruce Willis) is murdered. But Lionel isn't a typical hard-boiled private eye. He has Tourettes, which makes his speech patterns unpredictable, and that complicates his work. Norton writes and directs this adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Lethem; he's been working on MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN for almost 20 years, and his loving attention to detail is present in every frame. Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Willem Dafoe all have parts to play in this enthralling conspiracy story. [November 1]

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

[Image Credit: NEON]


In PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, the young painter Marianne (Noémie Merlant) is commissioned to paint a portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel) in order to secure a marriage proposal, she has no idea what sort of situation she's walking into. Héloïse does not want to marry, and so she refuses to sit for a portrait. What begins as a sort of cat-and-mouse game of painting and friendship develops into something far more powerful as the two women realize how alike their interests really are. [December 6]

A Hidden Life

A Hidden Life

[Image Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures]


Terrence Malick, a master of dreamy, intuitive dramas (THE TREE OF LIFE, DAYS OF HEAVEN) returns with A HIDDEN LIFE. August Diehl stars as Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector who refused to fight for the Nazis during World War II. Because he spurns the war machine, the Austrian farmer faces execution for treason. Family and faith initially sustain Jägerstätter as he stares down oppression, but can those pillars support him as his trials draw on? [December 13]

Richard Jewell

Richard Jewell

[Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]


Director Clint Eastwood and screenwriter Billy Ray adapt Marie Brenner's article "American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell." Their film, RICHARD JEWELL, chronicles the title character, a security guard who discovered pipe bombs hidden on the grounds at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Jewell reported the bombs, but inaccurate reporting labeled him a suspect in the bombing, and his life was ultimately derailed by his good deed. Paul Walter Hauser plays Jewell, while Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Olivia Wilde and Jon Hamm also appear. [December 13]



We'll highlight additional powerful dramas soon!