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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,...

Criterion in May 2017: GHOST WORLD, Scorsese's World Cinema Project and More

It's all about the world in May for the Criterion Collection. The company announced their lineup for the month and two titles jumped out at me. Terry Zwigoff's Ghost World is a movie I watched on multiple occasions years ago,...

Review: KEDI Will Paw Your Sorrows Away

Just like watching cat videos on youtube when you are feeling down, Kedi works as a purrfect antidote for all the ugliness going on in the world.

Interview: Asghar Farhadi on His New Film, THE SALESMAN

With his latest film, The Salesman, Asghar Farhadi once again, proves his mastery in presenting complexities of human relationships within the confounds of his native country Iran, but also demonstrating that even there are political and cultural differences among us, deep down, certain things in life are constant and universal.

ScreenAnarchy's Top 10 Movies of 2016

This year, 23 Screen Anarchists from 11 countries around the globe shared with us 129 films for consideration in our collective top ten movies of 2016. Our criteria was simple: an individual contributor could include a film on their ballot...

THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT: First Images From Tarik Saleh's Egyptian True Crime Thriller

Swedish-Egyptian director Tarik Saleh follows up his crime thriller Tommy with The Nile Hilton Incident, a Cairo set thriller starring Fares Fares - best known these days for his role in the hugely successful Department Q series of Danish crime...

Morbido Fest 2016: This Year's Amazing Poster And Full Lineup

Morbido is less than a couple weeks away. The festival unveiled their full lineup of feature films and short films today in Mexico City.   As you peruse the list below you can see that Morbido offers a truly international...

Margaret Mead 2016 Continues to Innovate In Its 40th Year

The 40th edition of the Margaret Mead Film Festival, screening at the American Museum of Natural History through October 16, continues its mission of bringing audiences artful and fascinating global perspectives on the most pressing issues of our time. Women's...

Review: UNDER THE SHADOW, Jump Scare Terror in the Middle East

A well-executed jump scare can deliver one of the strongest physical reactions possible in a theater, but by and large, horrors that go bump in the night rely on little more than technical scares. This leads to a parade of...

Maverick Movie Awards 2016 Winners Announced

The Maverick Movie Awards just announced their 2016 winners, which include Gabrielle Rose (The Birdwatcher), Mary Testa (The Mother), Branko Tomovic (Red) and KylieRae Condon (Chippy) for their 13th edition. Past winners include great filmmakers and actors as Robert Redford, Sophia...

Sitges 2016: Devilworks Picks up Israeli Sci-fi Action Comedy OMG I'M A ROBOT!

The Israeli sci-fi action comedy OMG I'm A Robot! has been picked up by Euro sales company Devilworks ahead of it's World Premiere at the Sitges Film Festival in a couple weeks. You can watch the trailer below.    Is...