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Great Stories, Well Told

The Best New Dramas

The Best New Dramas Coming to Theatres

(11/14/2019)

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.

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]

Seberg

Seberg

[Image Credit: Amazon Studios]


In the 1960s, Iowa-born Jean Seberg (played by Kristen Stewart) was the "it girl" of a new wave of French movies, beginning with Jean-Luc Godard's BREATHLESS. SEBERG tells the story of this star, which does not begin and end with her film work. On a trip from Paris to Los Angeles, Seberg meets civil rights activist Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie), and quickly dives into a relationship with him. This attracts the attention of the FBI. As an agent (Jack O’Connell) is assigned to track Seberg's every move, she struggles to deal with the efforts of America's top lawmen to defame and discredit her. [December 13]

Just Mercy

Just Mercy

[Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]


SHORT TERM 12 filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton returns with a powerful and thought-provoking true story. JUST MERCY follows the young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) as he embarks upon a history-making battle for justice. The Harvard grad walks away from lucrative jobs, choosing instead to defend wrongly condemned defendants in Alabama, with the help of a local advocate (Brie Larson). He picks up the case of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), who, despite evidence that proved his innocence, was sentenced to death for the murder of an 18-year old girl. Despite being stymied by the machinery of the justice system, Stevenson battles for McMillian's rights and freedom. [December 25]



We'll highlight additional powerful dramas soon!