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Friday, July 20, 2018

Vote for the best drama movies of 2018; Currently Bette Midler’s “Freak Show” is #5 out of 60

Mister D: So far only about 500 people have voted on this list and Freak Show is starting out in great shape. Let’s keep her in the spotlight. Make sure to go to Ranker and sign up. It’s easy. Then head on over and Click Here to vote. Freak Show Poster Ranker Vote for the best drama movies of 2018… July 14, 2018

Vote for the best drama movies of 2018.

Whether they’re about historical events or fictional stories of romance, tension, and love, the best drama movies of 2018 left viewers inspired and emotional. What were the best drama movies this year? Help decide below. Featuring romantic dramas, coming-of-age movies, biopics, and comedy-dramas, this list of good 2018 shows includes 12 StrongChappaquiddickLean on Pete, and Permission. Good drama films usually feature compelling characters and intriguing storylines, avoiding melodrama in favor of more realistic plot lines and complicated protagonists. Which drama movies of 2018 fit such a description? Vote on this list of 2018 drama movies. Give an up vote to the best drama movies of 2018 and down vote anything you feel is overrated or downright bad.

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12 Strong Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña12 Strong (also known as 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers) is a 2018 American war drama film directed by Nicolai Fuglsig. Following the September 11 attacks, Task…more

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Forever My Girl Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, John Benjamin Hickey Forever My Girl is a 2018 romantic drama film directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf. After being gone for a decade, a country star (Alex Roe) returns home to the love (Jessica Rothe) he left behind.

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Thoroughbreds Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin Thoroughbreds is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by Cory Finley. After years of growing apart, upper-class teenagers Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) rekindle their …more

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Final Portrait Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy Final Portrait is a 2017 British-American drama film directed by Stanley Tucci. In Paris 1964, famed painter Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush) asks James Lord (Armie Hammer), the American…more

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Freak Show Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin, Bette Midler Freak Show is a 2018 American drama film directed by Trudie Styler, based on the novel by James St. James. Despite attending an ultra-conservative high school, Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther) decides…more

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The Strange Ones Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus Strange Ones is a 2017 American drama film directed by Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein. Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American …more

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Nostalgia Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, Amber Tamblyn Nostalgia is a 2018 American drama film directed by Mark Pellington. A group of people is connected through a loss.

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The 15:17 to Paris Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone The 15:17 to Paris is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, based on the 2015 Thalys train attack. Three Americans (Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek …more

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First Reformed Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer First Reformed is a 2017 American drama thriller film directed by Paul Schrader. Grieving over the death of his son, an ex-military chaplain (Ethan Hawke) is further challenged when a young …more

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Leave No Trace Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, Jeff Kober Leave No Trace is a 2018 American film directed by Debra Granik, based on the book My Abandonment by Peter Rock. A father (Ben Foster) and his 13-year-old daughter (Thomasin McKenzie) are living …more

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Every Day Angourie Rice, Maria Bello, Debby Ryan Every Day is a 2018 American romantic-drama directed by Michael Sucsy, based on the novel by David Levithan. 16-year-old Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) falls in love with a spirit named A, a traveling…more

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Disobedience Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola Disobedience is a 2017 British-Irish-American drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio, based on the novel by Noami Alderman. A woman (Rachel Weisz) returns to her Orthodox Jewish home …more

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Eighth Grade Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson Eighth Grade is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Bo Burnham. An eighth grader (Elsie Fisher) struggles to finish her last week of classes before embarking for high school.

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The Rider Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau The Rider is a 2017 American drama film directed by Chloé Zhao. After suffering a near-fatal head injury, a young cowboy (Brady Jandreau) undertakes a search for a new identity and what it …more

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Breath Simon Baker, Elizabeth Debicki, Samson CoulterBreath is a 2018 drama film directed by Simon Baker, based on the novel by Tim Winton. Two teenage boys form an unlikely connection with an older surfer (Simon Baker).

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Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is a 2018 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, based on the memoir by John Callahan. After nearly losing his life in a car accident, a slacker…more

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Shock and Awe Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, James Marsden Shock, and Awe is a 2017 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner. Journalists investigate the assertions by the Bush Administration concerning Saddam Hussein’s alleged possession of weapons of …more

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A Fantastic Woman Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco A Fantastic Woman is a 2017 Chilean drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio. Marina (Daniela Vega), a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her …more

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Lean on Pete Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel Lean on Pete is a 2017 British drama film directed by Andrew Haigh, based on the novel by Willy Vlautin. A teenager (Charlie Plummer) gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends…more

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Monday, October 24, 2016

BetteBack April 29, 1997: Bette To Appear On “The Nanny”

Indiana Gazette April 29, 1997 13277671_1192009427500246_446025570_n VIVA BETTE: Fran’s idol, Bette Midler, appears on “The Nanny,” Wednesday on CBS at 8 p m. EST, when the actress singer hosts Maxwell’s charity auction In an effort to meet Midler, Fran auctions herself to provide “Nanny-for-a-Day” services The series stars Fran Drescher as Fran Fine and Charles Shaughnessy as Maxwell Sheffield. Rated TV-PG   Related articles

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    Friday, August 5, 2016

    BetteBack October 24, 1996: Marc Shaiman Writes Special Lyrics For Bette Midler For Fire And Ice Ball

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    Friday, June 17, 2016

    BetteBack December 18, 1973: Earl Wilson Declares Bette Midler ‘New Star Of The Year’

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    Friday, April 1, 2016

    Bette Midler – Then She Found Me Trailer

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    Friday, March 25, 2016

    2007 – Then She Found Me – Getting To Know You – Bette Midler

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    Monday, March 24, 2014

    Review: Bette Midler Gets It Right As Sue Mengers

    Variety Geffen Playhouse opens “I’ll Eat You Last” Peter Bart EVP and Editorial Director la-et-cm-bette-midler-geffen-playhouse-broadwa-001 Sue Mengers, the late, great talent agent, would have loved attending the Geffen Theater Dec. 5 for the gala West Coast opening of “I’ll Eat You Last.” She would have relished the star presence (Bruce Willis, Dustin Hoffman, Helen Hunt) and reveled in the stellar performance of Bette Midler. Especially since Midler was portraying Mengers in a reprise of her triumphant Broadway performance. At the Geffen the industry-centric audience wallowed in the inside jokes, the scatological gossip as well as the blitz of f-bombs. Seated imperially on her on-stage sofa, smoking incessantly, Midler artfully spun the Mengers war stories, revealing both her ferocity and the poignancy of her downfall when her banner clients from Streisand to Gene Hackman and Michael Caine and Ali MacGraw ditched her. Mengers, the play written by John Logan reminds us, triggered her own demise by trying to be a bigger star than her clients. She lost Streisand by manipulating her into a dreadful film, “All Night Long,” directed by Mengers’ husband who, though a charming man, was not a director. I personally had a soft spot for Mengers, often attending her parties which she cast carefully to help land roles for clients — the “right” director always was seated next to the “right” star for whom Mengers was trying to get a job. During the play, Midler relates her fierce campaigns to land Hackman the lead in “French Connection” and her chain of deceits in securing the lead for Faye Dunaway in “Chinatown.” She describes Elton John as her ideal dinner party guest “because he’ll eat anything — except pussy.” I was personally appalled by some of Mengers’ bullying tactics as well as many of her judgments. Midler, as Mengers, characterizes Steve McQueen as a force of evil (I liked him). Praising Streisand’s star power, she nonetheless describes the star’s “genius” for picking the wrong material — making “Yentl” rather than “Cabaret,” for example. Midler artfully captured Mengers’ ingratiating mannerisms and R-rated diatribes and deservedly brought the Hollywood crowd to its feet for a sustained ovation at the end of the show. The Geffen has a home run on its hands. Bette Midler Gets It Right as Sue Mengers, Says Peter Bart Barbra Streisand on Bette Midler’s performance as Sue Mengers Midler wins raves on Broadway as Hollywood agent Sue Mengers Theater Review: “…Midler proves that she can still be convincing as someone other than herself”

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    Sunday, December 2, 2012

    Greg In Hollywood Celebrates Bette’s Birthday

    Greg In Hollywood Happy 67th Birthday to divine Bette Midler! By Greg Hernandez on Dec 1, 2012  She’s still so damned divine and I’ll love her forever. She is, of course, Bette Midler and today is her 67th birthday. Miss Midler has a new movie coming out this month called Parental Guidance opposite Billy Crystal and I hope it is a big hit! I’ve always wanted to see Bette is more movies but she’s the kind of star who has so many options like concert tours, Las Vegas and recording that movies sometimes go on the back burner. But she’s made plenty over the years with Oscar-nominated performances in The Rose and For the Boys and such popular hits as Beaches, Ruthless People, Big Business, Outrageous Fortune and Hocus Pocus. She also soared and was robbed of an Emmy for her performance as Mama Rose in the 2003 television remake of Gypsy. One of my favorite Midler performances came in a small movie in 2007 called Then She Found Me in which she played Helen Hunt’s long-lost mother. For some of Greg’s favorite movie scenes: Click Here
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    Tuesday, August 3, 2010

    Funny Women (Or Lack Thereof!)

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    Women And Hollywood

    Bette Midler Talks Women and Funny

    by MELISSA SILVERSTEIN on AUGUST 3, 2010 in AGEISM,COMEDY I can’t think of the last time I saw a movie starring Bette Midler that wasn’t on a basic cable station. I remember a time when she was everywhere. Guess its been over a decade now since her last good movie which I feel is The First Wives Club. She did play Helen Hunt’s mother in Then She Found Me which I enjoyed. But her days as the headliner (other than the Vegas stage) are probably in the past. Sigh. At least her voice is back onscreen in Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore, so she’s been out on the press circuit giving her opinions on a diversity of issues including women and comedy and getting a gig when you are over 50 (and by the way she is 64.) We’re not the only ones who have noticed how crappy it is for women in film comedies today. One of the best has also been paying attention:
    There are a lot of funny women out there but they’re not in the movies because there are not that many funny women in movies any more – they’re mostly carrying coffee for the iron man.
    Can you imagine Bette carrying anyone’s coffee? Here are some of the women Bette thinks are funny: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Debra Messing, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Judy Gold. (Judy- are you reading?) And here’s what she had to say about getting an acting gig when you are over 50 if your name is not Meryl Streep.
    One of the few 50-plus actresses still hired in Hollywood, Midler isn’t alone on blaming the dearth of work on Meryl Streep. “But, no, we don’t hate Meryl. We just wish she’d turn down a few more things. But she’s a great girl although I do say to her, ‘Meryl, you’ve got to turn some things down.’ But she loves to work and fortunately she’s a genius. And Meryl sells tickets. She’s a proven commodity. And the boys in the front office cannot risk spending that much money on a person who is not a guarantee to put the butts on seats. So they make the same movie over and over again because that’s the same movie like the last time. It’s a vicious circle.
    I love when people working in Hollywood say the same things we’ve all been saying. And I also want to add that both these interviews were in UK papers. Didn’t see much press about Bette when the film opened here. What’s that about? I am always interested in hearing what she has to say. Bette on ‘lack of funny women’ (Daily Mirror)

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