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Cannes Review: A.B. Shawky’s gripping and emotional debut ‘Yomeddine’

Rarely do debut features play in competition at Cannes. In fact, of the debut features that played in the festival’s most prolific sections in its 71-year history, only two have made the cut in recent years. First was SON OF SAUL and now YOMEDDINE, an emotional roller-coaster that engages, touches and grips its audience with its genuine approach. An ode …

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Cannes Review: Wanuri Kahiu’s touching if familiar lesbian romance ‘Rafiki’

Kena, short for Makena (played by Samantha Mugatsia) lives in the Slopes district of Nairobi, Kenya with her at-home mom and politician father (Jimmy Gathu). He’s running for public office in their small area with the slogan “The People’s Choice.” She’s best friends with Blacksta (Neville Misati), a motorcycle-riding tough guy with a thing for Kena. He’s always trying to …

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2018 Cannes at a Glance

The 2018 Cannes Film Festival is this week and this page will be your updated Cannes at a Glance featuring links to reviews from myself and Mina Takla, videos, podcasts, interviews, press conferences and more. You can check out pre-festival Cannes coverage here. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for live thoughts and reactions. One of the more interesting things …

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Review: The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 2)

The first 10 minutes of episode one of season two of the Emmy-winning series are among the most harrowing I’ve ever seen on television. As Kate Bush’s “Woman’s Work” plays, discarded handmaids are led into a rundown Fenway Park to a scaffold of hangman’s nooses. “You shall feel the pain of his judgement, for that is his love” exclaims Aunt …

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2018 Berlin Film Festival Review: Malgorzata Szumowska’s masterful and uncompromising ‘Mug’ (‘Twarz’)

Synopsis: Story of the first Polish citizen to undergo a face transplant. Malgorzata Szumowska’s MUG is a fascinating, unflinching and dark look at Polish society today. Never exploitative, melodramatic or weepy, Szumowska delivers what is one of the best films of the Berlinale this year, a film that’s as brutal as LOVELESS in its harsh critique of Polish society and …

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