Movie Reviews

December 23, 2014

Bassel al-Khatib directs "The Mother"
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Covering the life and death of a mother in war-torn Syrian, "The Mother" directed by Bassel al-Khatib premiered at Damascus-based Cinema City on Sunday

French-Mauritanian film "Timbuktu" was featured at ADFF (Image courtesy of Khaleej Times)
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They were screened at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and now these four films are in the running for Best Foreign Language Film Award at the 2015 Oscars.

December 16, 2014

Noureddine Sail speaks about challenges of cinema in Morocco. (Image: www.lematin.ma)
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Moroccan film critic Noureddine Sail reveals the triumphs and challenges regional film production and festivals face.

December 15, 2014

"Exodus: Gods and Kings" takes over box office (Image: screenrant.com)
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Beating out "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" by a long stretch, the controversially Caucasian "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is North America's no. 1 movie right now.

December 14, 2014

A still of the four leading characters in Villa Touma. (Image: Haaretz)
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Suha Arraf's debut at the big screen with Villa Touma has brought much heated discussion. More details about the highly-controversial movie inside...

 "The Theory of Everything" screened at the Dubai International Film Festival last week. (Focus Features)
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"The Theory of Everything," a film based on Stephen Hawking and his wife's life, made it to the big screen at the Dubai International Film Festival.

A still from "The Sleeping Tree." (Image: Broadcast Pro Middle East)
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Looking out for local interests too, the Dubai International Film Festival that's currently underway has included 17 films in its Enjaaz program.

December 8, 2014

The 11th annual DIFF will feature 10 films made in only 48 hours. (Image: poster)
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There will be so much sweet cinema being screened at this year's Dubai International Film Festival. The 10 best of 32 films that were made in 48 hours and submitted on time will premiere as a part of the festival.

The set for "Songs of My Homeland" film about the Islamic State and romance.
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The trauma of a kidnapping by ISIL contrasts with the romantic tale of two lovers in the Syrian town of Rablah is told on screen via Iranian director Abbas Rafei's new film "Songs of My Homeland".

December 7, 2014

A scene from the film Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story. (Image: Google)
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The Egyptian National Film Festival runs 5-12 December. Screenings are being held in two halls at the Cairo Opera House, in addition to Alexandria's Freedom Centre for Creativity.

December 4, 2014

Yacine couldn't have felt happier after his film was finally screened after a decade's ban. (Image: Facebook)
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Mahmoud Yacine celebrated last month when his war film was finally allowed to screen after its 10-year ban!

December 2, 2014

Abu Dhabi's sand dunes are included in the teaser for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
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Yet another reason Emirates can take pride in their country on UAE National Day! Their own desert in Abu Dhabi's Western Region has been seen by more than 25 million viewers on the YouTube teaser for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".

December 1, 2014

Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings, by Ridley Scott. Rupert Murdoch has spoken out on Twitter in support of the film's casting. (Image: 20th Century Fox/Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar)
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Rupert Murdoch, the owner of 21st Century Fox responded to harsh criticism over the lack of ethnic diversity in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings.

November 30, 2014

Star Wars 7 is forcing its way into theaters next month. (Image: Facebook)
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The real deal was released on Friday, but a couple days before that a very well made fake came out. In both clips, a very familiar UAE desert is visible.

November 26, 2014

Now you can totally watch Haifa's "Halawet Rouh" in Egypt! (Image: Albawaba edit)
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People of Egypt, the ban has been lifted: You can now watch Haifa Wehbe's "Halawet Rouh" in theaters!