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stagy

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excessively theatrical or dramatic
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And the effects of captivity on all of their psyches are so persuasively rendered it makes even classic POW films such as "The Bridge on the River Kwai" and "Stalag 17" seem stagey by comparison.
Rather than dementia and darkness, many of his songs opt instead for the Rocky Horror Show school of stagey songwriting.
A parade of evils that judges in other countries take pains to exclude can be seen almost routinely in many American courtrooms: inflammatory language and interruptions; "endorsement" by lawyers of their clients' cases; stagey eye rolling when their opponents make points; badgering of witnesses; appeals to sympathy or anger; blatantly rehearsed or coached testimony; comments that mislead, distract, or confuse; opening arguments asserting propositions there is no reasonable expectation of proving; closing arguments that endeavor to slip across propositions unsupported by what has come before--all are tolerated in some, though far from all, American courtrooms.
When it's at its best, this slightly stagey film has a lot to say about career-obsessed women.
However, there are times when the lyrical storytelling overreaches itself and becomes somewhat unreal and stagey, while the revelation of Martha's own demons doesn't sit that comfortably in the general narrative.
The film's sometimes stagey nature stems from its origins as a hit play by Enda Walsh.
Films based on plays are often too stagey and a 1970s-set political docudrama could easily turn audiences off - but this is absolutely engrossing.
The six players rotated into new positions along the walls, arranging themselves in postures neither aggressively stagey nor casual; one grouping, for example, quoted Manet's Dejeuner sur l'herbe.
It's one of those arty flicks that doesn't have much plot, just a lot of stagey characters and some big statements about how love is a tricky thing.
Featuring a young - and often nauseating - cast that put you in mind of a convenient creche for TV execs' kids, they'd provide a meagre diet of sub-Christmas cracker jokes, stagey larking about, wholesome activity ideas and recipes that usually involved cornflakes and melted chocolate.
Fin de siecle suspenser has atmosphere and a classy veneer, but is really kind of stagey and musty.
Typically ambivalent, atmospheric Hitchcock experiment notable for its extremely long takes and stagey claustrophobia.