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4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days [A] Faizan Rashid
The gamut of questions buried beneath ‘4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days’ are not about whether abortion is right or wrong, but rather who should take the responsibility for...

Unfinished sky [D] Faizan Rashid
I had a major gripe with ‘Unfinished sky’. Not only was it an aesthetically unremarkable film (from a script and directorial point of view), but it also featured an...

It's a free world [B+] Faizan Rashid
Ken Loach is one of a handful of truly British directors; those who set their films in Britain, using British actors and dealing with British situations. His ‘It’s a...

Battle for Haditha [C-] Faizan Rashid
Why is it that every movie set in an Arab country, specifically Iraq, has to have sweeping aerial shots of a mosque during the morning call to prayer? Is it necessary...

Encounters at the End of the World [B] Faizan Rashid
It is easy to get frustrated while viewing Werner Herzog’s latest documentary feature ‘Encounters at the end of the world’. Where the film at first seems to be about the...

Silent Light [A] Faizan Rashid
The long opening of ‘Silent Light’ are probably the six most absorbing and beautiful minutes I have ever spent inside a movie theatre. It is a simple unbroken shot of...

Exiled [B+] Faizan Rashid
Four men are sent to assassinate Wo, a gang member who once made a failed attempt on the life of crime boss Fay, went into hiding for many years and has now returned...

Control [B+] Faizan Rashid
Our image of rock stars is that they are brash, larger than life and usually indestructible. Now comes ‘Control’, a film that smashes this convention. It is the story of...

Paranoid Park [B-] Faizan Rashid
Gus Van Sant has an inexplicable fascination with photogenic youths that yields little in the way of a meaningful film watching experience. By now, his last few films (El...

The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford [B+] Faizan Rashid
Australian director Andrew Dominik seems to know a thing or two about the lives of and the mythology behind criminals. His debut 'Chopper' was about a self-delusional...

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