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Paris, je t'aime [B+] Faizan Rashid
The first segment in 'Paris, je t'aime', an anthology of short films of and about love in different forms found in Paris, seems to be about nothing in particular. It...

Old Joy [C-] Faizan Rashid
‘Old Joy’ wears the label of Independent American film on its sleeve with great pride. At a mere 76 minutes in length, the bulk of what we watch consists of extended...

Happy Feet [B+] Faizan Rashid
Hollywood seems to have developed a concern for the lives of penguins. Last years 'March of the penguins', a French documentary, whose English version, narrated by...

Happy Feet [A-] Adnan Khan
Kevin Bacon’s turn in “Footloose” as a streetwise teenager from a tough Chicago neighbourhood who “just wanted to dance” is an indelible part of the American pop culture....

Bobby [B-] Faizan Rashid
Emilio Estevez’s high energy drama ‘Bobby’ is an ambitious, politically charged film. It has one of the best casts of the year – Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Sharon...

Reel bad Arabs: How Hollywood vilifies a people [A-] Faizan Rashid
It is a great tragedy sometimes that cinema and all that it represents has so much power. This power can sometimes be used negatively and in extreme instances, becomes a...

It's Winter [A] Adnan Khan
Set in an unforgiving, decaying winter land of Iran, writer-director Rafi Pitts’ complex film conceals underneath the harsh exterior a tender story of love and...

Death of a President [B-] Adnan Khan
Director Gabriel Range channels the great auteur Peter Watkins who pioneered (and remains the master of) a unique film narrative form called pseudo-documentary; it...

Iraq in Fragments [A] Faizan Rashid
‘Iraq in Fragments’ is a documentary told in fragments, but provides a complete picture of the present situation in Iraq. It is not a political film because it does not...

Volver [B+] Faizan Rashid
Like any other Pedro Almodovar film from the past, ‘Volver’ is a familiar story that follows an unfamiliar path. If viewed in isolation, the different subplots cover a...

The Wind that shakes the Barley [A] Faizan Rashid
'I tried not to get into this war and did, now I try to get out, and can't.' Those lines, spoken by Damien (Cilian Murphy) towards the end of the brilliant, angry 'The...

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