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5 items from 2011


This week's new films

12 August 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (12A)

(Rupert Wyatt, 2011, Us) James Franco, Freida Pinto, Tom Felton, John Lithgow, Andy Serkis. 105 mins

Like X-Men: First Class, this expensive but empty effects vehicle is a lot of story-so-far bluster, never quite deciding whether it's leading up to the events of the 1968 original or the dire 2001 "reimagining". It's better than the latter, but sadly the story is as pasty as Franco's performance, playing a boffin who develops an antidote to Alzheimer's that works brilliantly on apes but has dire consequences for humanity. The effects are memorable; not much else is.

Project Nim (12A)

(James Marsh, 2011, UK) 99 mins

From the director of Man On Wire, this sad, disturbing documentary about an ineptly-run 70s science experiment to raise a chimpanzee as a human being works much better as a dystopian sci-fi fable than the big-budget Rise …

The Devil's Double (18)

(Lee Tamahori, 2011, Belg) Dominic Cooper, »

- Damon Wise

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How Islamic punk went from fiction to reality

5 August 2011 8:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Islamic punk was just an idea in a novel by a disaffected Muslim convert – but for the bands he inspired around the world the scene became real. Now, as The Taqwacores is about to be released, has the scene already betrayed its ideals?

There was a time when the words "Muslim radical" painted a clear enough picture – a young man strapped with explosives, perhaps, or a bearded cleric calling for Sharia law from Land's End to John O'Groats. But things have changed. The protestors of the Arab Spring are both Muslim and radical, as are the bungling jihadis of Chris Morris's movie Four Lions. And now a new film, The Taqwacores, attempts to further stretch the definition.

The film's set up sounds familiar enough – a meek Muslim student named Yusef joins a hardcore Islamic commune in upstate New York and becomes radicalised. But this time, "hardcore" refers to punk rock. »

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How Islamic punk went from fiction to reality

5 August 2011 6:27 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Islamic punk was just an idea in a novel by a disaffected Muslim convert – but for the bands he inspired around the world the scene became real. Now, as The Taqwacores is about to be released, has the scene already betrayed its ideals?

There was a time when the words "Muslim radical" painted a clear enough picture – a young man strapped with explosives, perhaps, or a bearded cleric calling for Sharia law from Land's End to John O'Groats. But things have changed. The protestors of the Arab Spring are both Muslim and radical, as are the bungling jihadis of Chris Morris's movie Four Lions. And now a new film, The Taqwacores, attempts to further stretch the definition.

The film's set up sounds familiar enough – a meek Muslim student named Yusef joins a hardcore Islamic commune in upstate New York and becomes radicalised. But this time, "hardcore" refers to punk rock. »

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"Taxi Driver" is Indeed Talkin' to You and More New DVDs

5 April 2011 10:31 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

A look at what's new on DVD and Blu-ray today:

"Taxi Driver" (1976)

Directed by Martin Scorsese

Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

One can read about the extensive restoration of what many consider to be Martin Scorsese's finest film at The Digital Bits, but if you're a film fan, you might not need convincing to pick up the latest edition of the film about the disillusioned cabbie, which includes all the special features from the previous DVDs of the film (a feature-length making of doc, a score of shorter featurettes) while adding the commentary track between Scorsese and writer Paul Schrader that originally appeared on the 1986 Criterion laser disc. All in all, it's the definitive edition that the film deserves.

"Casino Jack" (2010)

Directed by George Hickenlooper

Released by Fox Home Entertainment

Even at the height of his powers, disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff might not have been able to »

- Stephen Saito

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Taqwacores, The | Review

3 April 2011 8:15 PM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Director: Eyad Zahra Writers: Eyad Zahra (screenplay), Michael Muhammad Knight (novel) Starring: Bobby Naderi, Noureen DeWulf, Dominic Rains, Nav Mann, Tony Yalda, Volkan Eryaman For a brief period of time, during high school, my love for punk rock and my Christian upbringing were brought together with Christian punk. From the moment I discovered the Christian punk movement, it seemed like a rocking contradiction in terms. There was little or no common ground between the two cultures, and in my ears it just sounded like the Christians were co-opting the punk subculture in order to become hip. It was not long before I went back to happily listening to the Dead Kennedys, leaving Christian music behind. Before Michael Muhammad Knight's novel The Taqwacores was published in 2004, there was not much of a Muslim punk scene in the United States; but soon thereafter, a Muslim punk scene began to grow. Eyad Zahra's film, »

- Don Simpson

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