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London Indian Film Festival 2018 Review: WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY Takes A Hard Look At A Clash Of Cultures

Director Iram Haq's What Will People Say is a powerful experience that has the potential to ruffle feathers on each side of the argument regarding the responsibilities of immigrants to assimilate into their adopted cultures. An Norwegian-Pakistani woman, here Haq...

John Cena Joining Jackie Chan in Scott Waugh's Action Thriller

This could be a really fun match up.  THR is reporting that John Cena will join Jackie Chan in an upcoming action thriller to be directed by Need For Speed's Scott Waugh. Cena is reportedly replacing Sylvester Stallone who was...

Seattle 2018: Exclusive DOUBTFUL Clip - Fight Over Film Genre

Finally, a clip that is relatable to all of us: a fight over film genre that leads to violence. It's a small sample from Doubtful, which will screen tonight (Sunday, June 3) at the Seattle International Film Festival. The film...

First Look At Iranian Martial Arts Film LAYERS OF LIES

Well, now ... here's a little somthing interesting. It was back in 2014 that we first wrote about Iranian-Finnish martial artist Ramin Sohrab. The occassion was a hugely impressive proof of concept short for a feature film that Sohrab was...

Cannes 2018 Review: YOMEDDINE, The Outcast's Journey of the Heart

Many of us likely consider ourselves outcasts in one way or another, that something about us has set us apart from common society, and we are bullied and dismissed for it. That might be true, but for some, it can...

Review: FOXTROT, Psychological Thrills in a Small World of Paranoid Boredom

It's no secret that I am a big fan of the Eurimages funding scheme and the projects it backs, and Foxtrot is no exception. This dark, multi-tonal Israeli, French, German and Swiss co-production carries all the hallmarks of a good...

Rotterdam 2018 Review: THE REPORTS ON SARAH AND SALEEM Marries Arthouse Drama to Genre Audience Allure Without Losing Complexity

Muayad Alayan´s sophomore feature The Reports on Sarah and Saleem infuses genre sensibilities into arthouse drama against the backdrop of a political conflict

Review: 24 FRAMES, Abbas Kiarostami's Beautiful Send Off

Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami's passing in 2016 was very unexpected. Among all the cultural luminaries who passed on recently, personally Kiarostami's death really saddened me the most. His deeply humanistic, genre and form transcending cinema has been truly unique and...

Interview: Ziad Doueiri on THE INSULT, Trump's Tweets and Greatness of TRAIN TO BUSAN

Ziad Doueiri, whose Hollywood credentials include being a cameraman for most of Quentin Tarantino's earlier films (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown), has made several films in his native Lebanon (West Beirut, The Attack, Lila Says). With his new...

Review: THE INSULT Paints a Simple Story of a Complex Society

Director Ziad Doueiri new film never wavers from reminding us that Tony and Yasser are ordinary working people living in a country with a very complex history where one can't separate their politics or identity from their ordinary lives.

Sitges 2017 Review: TEHRAN TABOO, a Savage Look at the Paradox that is Modern Iran

Blunt, angry and eye-opening, Tehran Taboo offers a scathing portrait of Iran’s largest city. Think of it as Short Cuts meets Persepolis, although that facile shorthand does not begin to get at just how much is going on, plot and...

Review: DISAPPEARANCE Pits the Younger Generation Against Tehran Traditions and Prejudice

The young Iranina helmer Ali Asgari depicts the conflict of young generation with traditions veiled as coming-of-age doubling as a mild social thriller

Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival Introduces Genre Films to Arab World in 2nd Edition

There's no dampening the enthusiasm from fantastic cinema around the world and one of the newer events to get in on the act is the Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival, which is the only festival that introduces genre cinema to the...

Venice 2017 Review: FOXTROT, An Unexpected Israeli Gem

It's no secret that I am a big fan of the Eurimages funding scheme and the projects it backs, and Foxtrot is no exception. This dark, multi-tonal Israeli, French, German and Swiss co-production carries all the hallmarks of a good...

NOWHERE TO HIDE: Canadian Dates For Iraqi Medic Doc

Canadian dates have been announced for the North American release of Zaradasht Ahmed's documentary Nowhere to Hide. The award winning documentary will open here in Toronto and in Vancouver on June 30th. We have included the trailer below.   Canadian...

ONCE UPON A TIME IN PALESTINE: The New Flick From BIG BAD WOLVES Duo

It could be said that there was disappointment when Big Bad Wolves and Rabies directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado bowed out of the Death Wish remake. Yet I think we would all agree that we would rather see something...

Oak Cliff Film Festival 2017 Unveils Its Adventurous Lineup Of Stellar Cinema

In a relatively short six years of existence, Dallas' Oak Cliff Film Festival has put itself on the map as one of the most adventurous and carefully curated events in the Southwest. Based in the historic southern Oak Cliff neighrborhood...

THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT: Watch The Trailer For The Sundance Winning Egyptian Thriller

Egyptian-Swedish writer-director Tarik Saleh won raves at Sundance with his taut, Cairo-set thriller The Nile Hilton Incident - so many raves, in fact, that he ended up walking away with the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize. This tale of justice...

Tribeca 2017: Ten Notable Fest Selections

The Tribeca Film Festival returns for its 16th edition, running at various venues through April 30. As usual, it doesn't lack for boldface names and big events, opening with Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, a documentary about the legendary...

NYC Weekend Picks, Feb. 24-26: Jordan Peele Curates, Oscar Nominated Shorts and Best Picture Winners, and Doc Fortnight 2017

This Oscar weekend's offerings include:  At BAM Rose Cinemas, the continuation of the series "The Art of the Social Thriller," curated by Jordan Peele (half of the brilliant sketch duo Key & Peele), of films that inspired his feature directorial debut Get Out,...