Film Reviews

Film Review: ‘Ariel & Olivia’
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Film Review: ‘Ariel & Olivia’

A comic vignette on Singaporean Valley Girls peppered with the garrulous wit of Eric Rohmer’s ‘Six Moral Tales.’ Made in the spirit of Eric Rohmer’s “Six Moral Tales,” “Ariel and Olivia” is a romantic comedy in praise of Ah Lians, the Singaporean working class version of Valley Girls. Capturing the […]

Film Review: ‘The Dark Wind’
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Film Review: ‘The Dark Wind’

A woman from the Yazidi minority in Kurdistan is rejected by community elders after being raped by ISIS fighters in this rare drama about this much-persecuted people. Until ISIS invaded Iraqi Kurdistan, either enslaving or massacring the Yazidi population, few outside the region were even aware of this much-persecuted people. […]

Film Review: ‘Monster Trucks’
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Film Review: ‘Monster Trucks’

Paramount’s over-priced and long-delayed creature feature recycles scrap parts from classic kid movies to re-imagine what’s under the hood of those giant gas guzzlers. For movie buffs, “spoilers” typically refer to details that give away key plot details before audiences have had a chance to see a movie for themselves. […]

Film Review: ‘Dangal’
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Film Review: ‘Dangal’

Courtesy of Dangal A Bollywood girl-power drama about a father-coach turning his daughters into star wrestlers is too much of a formula thing. Aamir Khan, the star of “Dangal,” is as formidable and celebrated a movie star as India has going. Two years ago, he played the lead character in […]

Film Review: ‘Little Eagles’
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Film Review: ‘Little Eagles’

Courtesy of Dubai Film Festival A deeply personal docu-essay that combines reflections on the director’s unhappy relationship with his father with musings on Egypt’s failed political activism. A raw, deeply personal essay on director Mohamed Rashad’s relationship with his cold father is combined with broader musings on the Egyptian political […]

Film Review: ‘The Preacher’
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Film Review: ‘The Preacher’

Courtesy of Dubai Film Festival A moderate Muslim preacher is manipulated by government agents in Magdi Ahmed Ali’s forthright critique of corruption and fundamentalism. This year’s notable run of Egyptian films that engage with meaty topics ends on an intriguing note with “The Preacher,” certain to be one of the […]