Movie Reviews

January 29, 2014

Farsh w Ghata (Rags and Tatters) follows a fugitive who escapes during the prison breaks that took place at the onset of the 2011 uprising. (Image: Albawaba edit)
05:00 GMT

Among the 30 African films screened within the 43rd edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam are Ahmad Abdalla's Rags and Tatters and Hind Meddeb's Electro Chaabi.

January 28, 2014

Jamal Suliman as Gamal Abdel Nasser in Egyptian documentary drama series Sadik Al-Omr (Courtesy
09:37 GMT

Is Egypt getting a dose of déjà vu with its current political climate? That's certainly the suggestion of the show "Sadik Al-Omr" (Lifelong Friend) scheduled to air on Arabic television in July.

Peeta Planet travelers try out standup comedy in Mumbai (Image: Facebook)
09:17 GMT

With an international itinerary that makes globetrotters salivate, the Dubai-based travel TV show hosts are starting their jet setting journey in Mumbai this week.

January 27, 2014

Ha ha: Saad won't be starring in Dina's new movie this time around! (Image: Albawaba edit)
08:08 GMT

Bellydancer Dina has a new movie coming out, but has she chosen her bestie Saad El Soghayar to star in it?

Well done, Mr. Salama. "Excuse My French" seems to have done it well.
07:00 GMT

Stepping into uncharted cinematic territory of religious discrimination within the country of Egypt, acclaimed director Amr Salama surprisingly stays sensitive to the troubles and triumphs of a young Coptic boy in a public school.

January 26, 2014

Hind Sabri plays a beautiful coptic bride in her "La Mu'akhatha" (Excuse My French) cameo appearance. (Image courtesy of
09:36 GMT

As if we needed another excuse to go see the controversial film "La Mu'akhatha" (Excuse My French), knowing that Hind Sabri plays a Coptic bride in one scene makes us even more pumped to watch the show revealing the extent of religious discrimination in Egypt.

Suad Abdullah takes on another unique challenge in "Thuraya". (Image: Facebook)
09:10 GMT

After describing her other Ramadan 2014 show "Al Wajiha" as a game changer for her career because of the uniqueness of her character, the project she's currently filming, "Thuraya", is also said to be different than any other she's tackled in the past.

Haifa was accused of being overly sexual in her latest film "Rouh's Beauty." (Image: Albawaba edit)
09:01 GMT

Haifa Wehbe's latest movie "Rouh's Beauty" has finally been allowed to hit the silver screen.

Fares Karam snapping a quick one with show host Asala Nasri. (Image: Facebook)
08:50 GMT

All the guests bust a move to the tunes of Fares Karam on an upcoming episode of Asala Nasri's show "Soula". Watch it, and you might be shaking your groove thing too!

"Hareem Al Sultan", one of many popular Turkish soap operas that are taking over.
07:00 GMT

After receiving raging success across the Middle East, Turkish soap operas are finding fame and fortune beyond the region in places like China, Russia, and more.

January 25, 2014

Arms crossed, game face on, and Karim Abdel Aziz is determined to get the filming finished at last for "Blue Elephant". (Image: Facebook)
09:00 GMT

All that crazy snow and bad weather kept Karim Abdel Aziz from finishing his current film "The Blue Elephant" in time for its scheduled release during the winter vacation, but there's only one scene left now to do before producers can call it a wrap.

January 24, 2014

Globe trotting Basem Yakhour is heading back to his roots for an upcoming drama. (Image: Facebook)
05:00 GMT

Well, hello hometown! Syrian star Basem Yakhour is making his way back to his country's capital city to take part in the new drama "Al Dumari".

January 23, 2014

Amr Salama's "Excuse My French" is one of two controversial films in theatres now.
08:35 GMT

"Excuse My French" and "Family Secrets" opened in theatres across Egypt this week, chartering taboo territories of subjects like religious discrimination and homosexuality. Oops, we said it!

"A Human Being's" director Islam Bilal. (Image: Egypt Independent)
05:00 GMT

The brilliant film "A Human Being" won the top prize at the Arab Mobile Film Festival in Amsterdam.

January 22, 2014

Yahia Al Fakharani plays a man betrayed by his daughters in his upcoming film "Surprise". (Image courtesy of
13:02 GMT

Fans will get to feast their eyes on the drama encircling Yahia Al Fakharani's character in the drama "Surprise" every day of Ramadan this year.