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The rich human condition told with a straight face, this is the mother of all genres. So if it doesn't fit snugly anywhere else it's usually Drama...

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Mao's Last DancerMao's Last Dancer (2009)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Chi Cao, Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan
Enthralling true-life story traces the life of acclaimed ballet dancer Li Cunxin from his impoverished upbringing in communist China to the events leading up to his defection to the United States. One for audiences more than the critics, as they say, it's a broadly appealing, sweeping melodrama that…
BurntBurnt (2015)
Dir. John Wells
Feat. Sienna Miller, Daniel Bruhl, Omar Sy
Culinary drama with Bradley Cooper as a temperamental chef pushing his staff to the limits as he strives for a third Michelin star.
Jane EyreJane Eyre (2011)
Dir. Cary Joji Fukunaga
Feat. Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell
A delicate and atmospheric adaptation of the much-filmed Charlotte Bronte melodrama tragedy about a young governess who seals her tragic fate by falling deeply in love with her "unsuitable" employer. Some have found this version a little chilly but actor-of-the-moment Fassbender has the necessary charisma…
SybilSybil (1976)
Dir. Daniel Petrie
Feat. Sally Field
Sally Field gives a tour-de-force performance in this profoundly disturbing dramatisation of the life of a woman who developed 17 different personalities.
Lady Sings the BluesLady Sings the Blues (1972)
Dir. Sidney J. Furie
Feat. Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor
Diana Ross is terrific in her acting debut as famously-troubled jazz legend Billie Holiday in this flawed but fascinating biographical drama loosely based on her 1956 autobiography. Produced by Motown Productions, this also features an unusual straight Richard Pryor performance and a lush score by Michel…
Victoria and AbdulVictoria and Abdul (2017)
Dir. Stephen Frears
Feat. Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard
The legendary Judi Dench returns to the role of Queen Victoria in this sumptuous story of the unlikely bond between the the aging queen and a young Indian clerk in 1887.
20th Century Women20th Century Women (2017)
Dir. Mike Mills
Feat. Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig
Recalling her turn in THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, Annette Bening shines once again as a bohemian Californian mom, who here enlists Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning to help raise her 15-year-old son in this dreamy Californian memoir of late-70s lifestyles. Based on the experiences of writer-director Mike Mills,…

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