With “Dope,” “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Sicario,” and “Tangerine,” some very accomplished writers and directors gave actors the chance to shine in unexpected and thrilling ways.
“The Diary of a Teenage Girl” READ FULL FILM PREVIEW & STORY
There’s a camaraderie among the “Dope” trio that extends beyond director Rick Famuyiwa’s choice to put them in colorful, patterned shirts and on a complementary assortment of BMX bikes. READ FULL FILM PREVIEW & STORY
Taylor Sheridan intertwines the global and the personal in his screenplay for this drug cartel thriller, which left audiences and critics reeling this fall. Director Denis Villeneuve captures the former with slow, aerial panoramas of the deserts surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border, and the latter with intimate close-ups of his cast. READ FULL FILM PREVIEW & STORY
With backing from Magnolia Pictures and the Duplass brothers, “Tangerine” stars Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor are the first transgender actors to launch an official Oscar campaign—and they’re certainly deserving of the recognition. READ FULL FILM PREVIEW & STORY
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