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Tyrant Season Finale Review: “Gone Fishing” (Season 1, Episode 10)

The season finale of Tyrant clocked in at 50 minutes and one second, and the writers didn’t waste even that last second. After Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) played his part to a tee on last week’s episode, maybe a little too well, Barry (Adam Rayner) was confident that he would succeed in his undertaking. The plan was moving along as expected, his family was packed and on the verge of getting out of harm’s way, and at least Barry would have a final memorable day with his brother before everything hit the fan. Slowly the entire plan unraveled and by the time the screen faded to black tonight, we hadn’t quite reached the extent of worse case scenario, but the characters were all pretty close to it.

Let’s talk about hindsight. In hindsight, Hakim (Yussuf Abu-Warda) wasn’t exactly an inspired choice for a co-conspirator. Viewers experienced
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Venice 2013: 'Ana Arabia' review

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★★★☆☆ No stranger to the Venice Lido, Amos Gitai's new film Ana Arabia (2013) - in competition this year - is a quiet exploration of love and tolerance in Israel. On the border between Jaffa and Bat Jam exists a small dusty enclave of Arabs and Jews. A young reporter, Yael (Yuval Scharf), arrives to question the inhabitants about a recently deceased resident, a Jewish woman who survived Auschwitz as a child and subsequently fled to Israel where she married an Arab and converted to Islam. Yael interviews her husband, Yussuf (Yussuf Abu-Warda), his daughter Miriam (Sarah Adler) and daughter-in-law Sarah (Assi Levy).

Everyone seem happy to tell Yael their stories and muse on the meaning of them, as well as occasionally having neighbours butt in to joke and/or flirt with the pretty journalist (or just to exchange gossip). The one outstanding feature of Gitai's Ana Arabia is that it
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Venice Film Review: ‘Ana Arabia’

Venice Film Review: ‘Ana Arabia’
A young journalist visits a tiny community of Arabs and Jews living relatively harmoniously in Jaffa in Israeli Helmer Amos Gitai’s “Ana Arabia,” a meditative if somewhat contrived drama that’s most notable for being constructed from a single Steadicam-shot take. Partly inspired by the true story of a Holocaust survivor who married a Palestinian man and raised several children with him, the pic lightly touches on history, the challenges of cross-cultural romance and the shifting demographics of the region today without saying anything particularly profound. “Arabia” will find an accommodating homeland on the fest circuit, with possible ultra-niche bookings.

Twentysomething Jewish Israeli journalist Yael (Yuval Scharf, who looks more like an off-duty model than a reporter) arrives at a ramshackle huddle of old buildings and a wild but tended garden suffused with birdsong in the middle of Jaffa, the mostly Arab township next door to Tel Aviv. Yael
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Venice Film Festival: Director Amos Gitai’s Golden Years

Venice Film Festival: Director Amos Gitai’s Golden Years
Israeli director Amos Gitai has accomplished many personal goals in his four-decade career, and with his new pic, “Ana Arabia,” which was shot entirely in one take and will compete for the Golden Lion at Venice, he has reached another.

The 62-year-old helmer is one of Israel’s most controversial, often dividing audiences with his films. He is also one of the most prominent figures on the nation’s movie scene, known both for his hyper-raw depictions of war like “Kippur” (2000) and “Kedma” (2001), as well as his cross-over ability to cast high-profile stars, including Natalie Portman in “Free Zone” (2005) and Juliette Binoche in “Disengagement” (2007).

Last year, Gitai was honored at Venice with a retrospective of his career, which began when he shot snippets of ground fighting from a helicopter while serving in the Israel Defense Forces during this country’s 1973 Yom Kippur War. Last year he also unveiled “Lullaby to my Father,
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New On DVD and Blu-Ray This Week

2010 is in full swing and some really great movies are hitting store shelves this week for the first time and for the first time on Blu-ray. This week’s releases include Moon, Halloween II, Cliffhanger, Kathy Griffin: She’ll Cut a Bitch, I Can Do Bad All By Myself and the Blu-ray release of The Hurt Locker (pictured above).

Check out this week’s releases:


Amreeka ~ Yussuf Abu-Warda, Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat (DVD)

Big Fan ~ Patton Oswalt, Michael Rapaport, Matt Servitto (DVD and Blu-ray)

Cliffhanger ~ Sylvester Stallone (Blu-ray)

Departures ~ Masahiro Motoki, Ryoko Hirosue (DVD)

8 1/2 (The Criterion Collection) ~ Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale (Blu-ray)

Halloween II (Unrated Director’s Cut) ~ Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie (DVD and Blu-ray)

I Can Do Bad All By Myself ~ Tyler Perry, Taraji P. Henson (DVD and Blu-ray)

In the Loop ~ James Gandolfini (DVD and Blu-ray)

The Hurt Locker ~ Ralph Fiennes,
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Review: Amreeka

From writer-director Cherien Dabis, Amreeka takes on a loaded subject, strips it of its political ramifications and draws out the common humanity underwriting even the most divisive of hot button issues. About a Palestinian family struggling to adjust to immigrant life in America, the film turns on the everyday challenges, poignant small triumphs and burdens of the daily grind they face and strive to overcome. There’s no aggrandizing or preaching, just an understanding of the difficulties that arise in any sort of clash of cultures and the hopeful suggestion that, were we just more willing to talk to each other, some of them might be solved. The picture, set in 2003 at the start of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, stars the wonderful actress Nisreen Faour as Muna Farah, mother to Fadi (Melkar Muallem), who seizes on the opportunity to move with her son from their restrictive West Bank home to small town Illinois, where
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Sundance 2009 competition lineup

U.S. Dramatic Competition

This year's 16 films were selected from 1,026 submissions. Each film is a world premiere.

Adam (Director-screenwriter: Max Mayer)

A strange and lyrical love story between a somewhat socially dysfunctional young man and the woman of his dreams. Cast: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving, Frankie Faison.

Amreeka (Director-screenwriter: Cherien Dabis)

When a divorced Palestinian woman and her teenage son move to rural Illinois at the outset of the Iraq war, they find their new lives replete with challenges. Cast: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Yussuf Abu-Warda, Alia Shawkat.

Big Fan (Director-screenwriter: Robert Siegel)

The world of a parking garage attendant who happens to be the New York Giants' biggest fan is turned upside down after an altercation with his favorite player. Cast: Patton Oswalt, Michael Rapaport, Kevin Corrigan, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Matt Servitto.

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men (Director-screenwriter: John Krasinski)

When her boyfriend leaves with little explanation,
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2009 Sundance Film Selections: U.S. Dramatic Competition

  • If you are wondering what are the kinds of films that come out of this particular section - look no further then in current headline grabber examples such as with Ballast and Frozen River (2008)Frozen River
[/link]. So there is always reason to be excited about the announcement of this section. As expected the debuts from Sophie Barthes, John Hindman and Cruz Angeles will be the make up of 16 film selection (read my predictions here). I'm already familiar with at least half of the projects as with John Krasinski’s debut and Adam Salky’s feature length film project but of course, the rest were completely off my radar. Among the projects we covered here are Lee Daniels’ latest Push (not the Summit film) which includes Lenny Kravitz’ screen debut (which means we can expect him to pick up a guitar for one of them parties). THR announced that Nicholas Jasenovec and
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